MS Dhoni unlikely to play the upcoming West Indies series
Even after serving a two-month break, Dhoni was not a part of the squad for the T20I series against South Africa and Bangladesh.
Updated - Nov 15, 2019 8:11 pm
Ever since India’s defeat against New Zealand in the semi-final of ICC World Cup 2019, MS Dhoni’s retirement speculation has been one of the most discussed topics in Indian cricket scenario. The former Indian captain has remained away from the game for a considerable amount of time.
After India’s exit from the World Cup, Dhoni had announced a two-month sabbatical to serve his Territorial Army unit in Kashmir which led to selectors leaving him out of the T20I and ODI series against the West Indies away from home. Even after serving a two-month break, Dhoni was not a part of the squad for the T20I series against South Africa and Bangladesh, adding more fuel to the fire of his retirement rumours.
Furthermore, chief selector MSK Prasad had stated that they intended to groom Rishabh Pant to flourish as the first-choice wicketkeeper for the national side. Amid the talks of Dhoni’s career nearing its conclusion, a recent video has surfaced on the internet, providing a sigh of relief for many die-hard supporters of the former Indian skipper.
Dhoni has finally hit the nets after staying away from the game for a while. The right-hander can be seen facing the net bowlers at the JSCA Stadium in Ranchi on Thursday, raising hopes of a comeback. In an illustrious career, Dhoni has amassed 10773 runs in 350 ODIs at an average of 50.6, including 10 centuries and 73 half-centuries.
.@msdhoni’s first net session after a long long break.
— MS Dhoni Fans Official (@msdfansofficial) November 15, 2019
Dhoni unlikely to play West Indies series
Although many Indian fans are eager to see Dhoni in the national side, it is highly unlikely that the 38-year-old will make his comeback in the upcoming West Indies series. The Men in Blue will lock horns with West Indies in three T20s and as many ODIs starting December 6 in Mumbai. “He is unavailable for the West Indies series,” a BCCI official said as quoted by Hindustan Times.
Dhoni was also expected to commentate in India’s first-ever day-night Test as the official broadcasters wanted to rope the veteran for the role. However, fans would not be able to cherish Dhoni’s commentary. Dhoni remains a contracted player with the BCCI and his commentating would have amounted to a conflict of interest. The CSK skipper is also expected to steer his side to their fourth title in the upcoming IPL 2020.