MS Dhoni may not have played any competitive game since the month of July and his retirement talks are at peak but the former Indian skipper has no plans to retire as of now, a report in ABP news suggests. The report also adds that he is training every day and is following a disciplined fitness regime.
There were talks of Dhoni bidding adieu to the game after World Cup 2019 but there has been no confirmation as of yet. Last month, a tweet from Virat Kohli was also perceived as a retirement message for Dhoni but that turned out to be a rumour.
A clear update on Dhoni’s future is only expected to come out when the new brass at BCCI takes over the charge on October 23.
Dhoni had taken a break from the game after World Cup to serve the Indian army. After his stint with the army, he was expected to make a comeback but he decided to miss South Africa series as well.
As of now, it is confirmed that he will not be playing Bangladesh series, that takes place next month. He might return for the West Indies, which consists of both ODIs and T20Is.
As of now, Rishabh Pant has been given the job to keep the wickets in white-ball format. He has lost his place in playing XI in the longest format but is expected to be given a long run in ODIs and T20Is to replace Dhoni behind the wickets.
It is not yet known whether Dhoni will be available for two T20 World Cups that take place in 2020 and 2021 and a clear picture regarding his future will be clear when he returns to the team.
The India-West Indies series kicks off on December 6. The three T20Is will be played on December 6, 8 and 11. The three ODIs will be played on December 15, 18 and 22.
Before the West Indies series, India also play Bangladesh in three T20Is and two tests in November.