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More game-time to Karthik and Pant: MSK Prasad on MS Dhoni’s T20I exclusion

Dhoni made a comeback to the T20I squad against the Black Caps.

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MS Dhoni. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), yesterday put forth the squads for the ODI and T20I series against Australia and New Zealand. One of the major development came in the form of MS Dhoni’s inclusion in the 20-overs team against the Black Caps. The wicketkeeper-batsman didn’t play the T20I series against Windies and Australia back in November.

His omission from the T20I squads also led to speculations, surrounding doubts over his future in the format. Of late, Dhoni has strained to find his feet with the bat in hand and subsequently, has been a recipient of severe brickbats as well. Recently, national chief selector MSK Prasad, also a former Indian cricketer, revealed about the reasons behind Dhoni’s exclusion.

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Prasad opens up on Dhoni

“With regards to MS, even while resting also, we categorically told that he’s going to be rested for the six matches so that we can give more game time to Dinesh Karthik and Rishabh Pant. That was the very reason and now that they have played quite a few matches, we thought that we have to bring MS back into the squad,” Prasad was quoted as saying in Cricbuzz.

Albeit Dhoni has been included, the selectors have also persisted with the likes of Dinesh Karthik and Rishabh Pant for the T20I series against the Kiwis. Pant, who didn’t do well against Windies in the ODI series, has been sidelined from the ODI teams in India’s tour Down Under.

As far as Dhoni is concerned, he was stupendous, both as a batsman and a skipper, representing Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the Indian Premier League (IPL). He was brutal with the willow and won quite a few matches for the renowned IPL franchise. Unfortunately, the Jharkhand-born cricketer hasn’t been able to replicate his form in the international circuit.

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