There is buzz regarding MS Dhoni and many are expecting him to retire from the game anytime soon. There are expectations that he might retire from the game before the selectors name the squad for the tour of West Indies but a report in TOI suggests that he is not retiring anytime soon.
The former Indian skipper will continue to be part of the team. though he will not be an automatic selection in the playing XI. While his stay with the team, he will groom youngster Rishabh Pant, who is the future of Indian cricket.
Dhoni is only expected to take a call on his career after next year’s IPL. It is to be noted that IPL contracts are given for a period of three years and Dhoni has completed two years at the franchise. CSK made a comeback in 2018 after serving a ban of two years.
Few days back, a report in Mumbai Mirror had also suggested that Dhoni will continue to play IPL. This seems to be one of the reasons behind Dhoni not announcing his retirement. Many legends of the game have continued to play IPL after announcing retirement from international cricket but Dhoni may not do so.
Hence, he is expected to carry on for one more year. During this period, he will also groom Rishabh Pant. For now, it is sort of confirmed that Dhoni will not be travelling with the team to West Indies for the upcoming series.
A report in TOI has suggested that Dhoni has made himself unavailable for the tour, which will mean that Rishabh will be the first-choice wicket-keeper in the series.
There are questions over the place of Dinesh Karthik but he is expected to play as a batsman if he retains his place in the team.
The squad for the India tour of West Indies will be named in a day or two and it will be interesting to see if players like Karthik, Kedar Jadhav retain their place in the team.
Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah are expected to be rested for the complete series which will see young players being given a chance. It is also not yet clear whether Shikhar Dhawan is fit for the series. He had suffered a broken thumb during World Cup 2019 that ruled him out of the tournament.