Sunil Gavaskar wants MS Dhoni to get a befitting farewell in World Cup 2019
Dhoni was recently reincluded in the Indian T20I squad for the series in New Zealand.
Published - Dec 26, 2018 3:03 pm | Updated - Dec 26, 2018 3:03 pm
Indian limited-overs team is at a tricky turn at the moment with regards to a call on the wicketkeeper. For the last few series, the gloveman’s position has turned into a musical chair of sorts with the legendary MS Dhoni exchanging it with the likes of Rishabh Pant and Dinesh Karthik in T20Is.
After missing two successive T20I series against the Windies and Australia, Dhoni is now back into the national side for the ODI series versus Australia and New Zealand and also the T20I series against the Black Caps. Pant, on the other hand, has faced the axe for the ODI series against the Kangaroos and the Kiwis.
Though chief selector MSK Prasad has indicated at picking Pant for the final World Cup squad, the scenario is not too clear whether he would eventually make it to the England-bound flight since Karthik remains a key member of India’s limited-overs squads. Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar also does not rule out chances of Pant making it to the mega event but he also wants Dhoni to get a befitting farewell in England.
“If Rishabh Pant does well and keeps his form, he can find a place for his batting. He is a left-handed batsman and that helps add variety to the batting line-up. So although Pant is not picked for the ODIs currently if he does exceedingly well in T20Is, he could come back,” India Today quoted Gavaskar as saying.
MSD has played in three WCs so far
But the iconic former batsman strongly feels that “Dhoni should be given the honour and recognition for all services he has offered with a World Cup place”. He said besides the fact that Dhoni’s temperament will be a boon for captain Virat Kohli in the big tournament, the fact that he has served Indian cricket for a long time and led it to glorious heights should also be rewarded with an opportunity to play in his final World Cup.
The 37-year-old cricketer has played in three World Cups so far – 2007, 2011 and 2015 and of them, the one in 2011 marked the highest point in his career as he guided India to their second world title in the 50-overs format. In the 2015 edition, Dhoni led India to the semi-final of the World Cup after an all-win record but lost to hosts and eventual champions Australia.
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