While Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, and Shikhar Dhawan are almost a certainty to be rested for the short limited-overs tour to Zimbabwe, MS Dhoni’s participation in the series has been left on him.
According to reports, the national selection committee under Sandeep Patil are set to leave it to Mahendra Singh Dhoni to decide on whether he will make himself available or not for the short tour of Zimbabwe.
According to a reliable BCCI source, the selection committee is likely to only make an exception for Dhoni keeping in mind that he will not have any international assignment until March next year during which India will play 17 Test matches.
“Yes, it is true that selectors have spoken to some of the senior Indian players intimating them that they would be looking at juniors during this tour. While Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan were set to be rested, there were some seniors, who had made themselves available for the tour. But selectors told them that only exception may be made for Dhoni, who no longer plays Test cricket,” a top BCCI source told PTI.
“The selection committee has left it completely on Dhoni to decide whether he wants to go or not. He is free to opt out as he has also played a lot of cricket but if he does not go, he will not have a single limited overs assignment until March next year.
In case Dhoni is reluctant, then Ajinkya Rahane is the likely choice to lead the side,” the source added.
“Also Zimbabwe is a nine-day trip with all matches being held at the same venue (Harare Sports Club ground). It will not be hectic in terms of travelling also,” the source further added.