While the Indian cricket is still unsure about MS Dhoni’s international cricket future, former Australian cricketer Dean Jones believes that the ongoing break might be fantastic for Dhoni which can even help him to return to the national team soon.
The 39-year-old former Indian World Cup-winning captain MS Dhoni is not only one of the most successful cricketers of the Indian team, but his presence also massively helps the Indian youngsters due to his strong guidance.
Since the semi-final defeat in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 against New Zealand on 10th July 2019, Dhoni hasn’t played any recognised cricket match. While Dhoni hasn’t made any official commitment to his international cricket future, he has continuously remained unavailable for the national team selections.
Though Dhoni was ready to return to the game in the IPL 2020, which was originally scheduled between 29th March and 24th May 2020, his comeback has been delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic that has forced to postpone the IPL 2020.
At present, KL Rahul and Rishabh Pant are handling the limited-overs wicket-keeping of the Indian team while Sanju Samson is becoming another alternative option.
While the UAE is likely to host IPL 2020 between September and November 2020, Dean Jones believes that this tournament will be crucial for Dhoni. According to him, if Dhoni struggles in the upcoming IPL season, he will surely not return to the national team. But if he maintains his familiar image in the IPL 13, it will open up a big possibility of his national team return.
Jones told TOI, “At the moment it looks like the Indian selectors are going with Rishabh Pant and KL Rahul. If Dhoni has a wonderful IPL then he’s away, but if he doesn’t do well in the next IPL then perhaps his door is definitely shut. But, he’s left the door open. This break might be fantastic for him. He has had a really good break and if he wants to come back out of this – trust me as you get older it gets more difficult to come back from a break.”
MS Dhoni is an absolute superstar: Dean Jones
After highly praising Dhoni, Jones feels that the Indian team is currently suffering from a lack of finisher.
The 59-year-old added, “He (MS Dhoni) is an absolute superstar. He is a ‘great’. So, I have always felt, with the greats, to tend to let them do what they want to do, but at the moment they are leaning towards KL Rahul and Rishabh Pant. But, India’ biggest problem is still a finisher. Who is your finisher? Hardik Pandya – yes. Just comes down to your balance – who’s hot and who’s not.”