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We have missed out the former Indian World Cup-winning captain MS Dhoni on the cricket field for more than last ten months. While his cricket future is still unclear, the former BCCI treasurer Anirudh Chaudhry feels that the 38-year-old Dhoni is still fit enough for the game.
Last time, MS Dhoni played a recognised cricket match during the semi-final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 (against New Zealand at Manchester on 10th June 2019). Since then, the wicketkeeper-batsman has made himself unavailable for the game but never clarified his future in the game.
However, Dhoni was ready to return in the leadership role for the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the IPL 2020, which was initially scheduled between 29th March and 24th May 2020. But the novel COVID-19 or coronavirus has forced to postpone this tournament. Though the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is still hopeful about this cash-rich tournament, there is no assurance yet.
If I would be a decision-maker, I would have MS Dhoni in the team: Anirudh Chaudhry
As Dhoni hasn’t clarified about his future in the game, especially in the international career, the speculation is growing up every day. Calling him India’s best wicket-keeper, Anirudh Chaudhry has claimed that Dhoni is fit enough for the game.
According to TOI, Chaudhry said, “Dhoni is fit, he is the best wicketkeeper in India and one of the finest minds in the game.
“During a match you would see him asking a player to move to his right, and then to the left. The player would end up standing in the same place, but the idea is to make him alert. Before that his mind might have been wavering a bit.
“If I would be a decision maker, I would have him in the team.”
If the IPL 2020 gets cancelled, the BCCI will have to suffer around INR 4000 crore revenue loss. But while it was not possible to organise in the regular window due to the pandemic, the BCCI will now have to search a new window for this tournament.
Australia will host the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020 between 18th October and 15th November 2020. But the tournament is very much doubtful in the present condition. If this tournament gets postponed, the BCCI can utilise this window for the IPL 2020.
However, the Indian cricket board first needs to assure the safety of the players and staffs before rescheduling the IPL 2020. Also, the board requires to watch out the availability of the foreign players during the rescheduled IPL 2020.
Chaudhry feels that the BCCI should try their best to organise the IPL 2020, which can be helpful for the Indian cricket in this crisis.