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Sourav Ganguly isn’t surprised by MS Dhoni’s axing from T20Is

"His performance hasn’t been great."

Former Indian Cricket team skipper Sourav Ganguly
Former Indian Cricket team skipper Sourav Ganguly. (Photo by Prabhat Shetty/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

MS Dhoni, India’s wicketkeeper-batsman is in the middle of a rough patch. Albeit he has been impressive behind the stumps and as a mentor, his batting has been way below-par and has sometimes turned detrimental to his team’s road to victory. Despite his poor form, the 37-year-old is expected to be a vital cog in India’s setup for the World Cup next year in England and Wales.

Nevertheless, the Jharkhand-born cricketer has been dropped from the T20I squads for the series against the Windies as well against Australia. While many reckon the decision as a sensible one, a lot of them have spoken against it. In the meantime, Sourav Ganguly, the former Indian captain, believes the move has logic for the reason that he won’t play until the 2020 World T20 in Australia.

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I feel if the selectors will stick with Dhoni till the World Cup

“I am not surprised that MS Dhoni has been dropped from the T20 squad because his performance hasn’t been great. If you see the 2020 World T20, I don’t think Dhoni will play that far and that’s why the selectors have given chance to Rishabh Pant who is in a good form,” Ganguly was quoted as saying in India TV.

“I have one issue here… I feel if the selectors are going to stick with Dhoni till the 2019 World Cup, then I think he should be given enough matches. He doesn’t play domestic cricket so after the last ODI against West Indies, Dhoni will next play in Australia in the ODI series and after that against New Zealand. That’s a long gap in cricket,” he added.

Dhoni is currently playing the five-match ODI series against the Windies and has played a couple of cameos. India are expected to play quite a few ODIs from now onwards against Australia and New Zealand, and the experienced campaigner is most likely to be a part of the squads. It’s indeed high time that Dhoni gets his form back before the mega event next year.

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