Former India skipper MS Dhoni may not have played any form of competitive cricket since World Cup 2019 but still, there has been no update regarding his future. Neither Dhoni nor the team management has spoken about the cricketer’s future and any update regarding his international career is only expected to come out next year.
With the Indian team set to travel New Zealand next year, there could be a case when the senior player might return but that isn’t confirmed. Although there are speculations that he might retire after IPL 2020. A report in PTI has also suggested that Dhoni will take a call on his career after the next season of the T20 league.
“If at all MS will take a call on his future, it will only be after the IPL. You can’t stop speculation as he is such a big player. He is in the best shape possible fitness-wise and has been training hard for the last one month. However the number of competitive games he will play before the IPL will be decided in due course,” a source was quoted as saying by PTI.
Recently, Dhoni did attend a net session but isn’t a part of the series against West Indies. After World Cup 2019, he missed the tour of Caribbean Islands. Dhoni then made himself unavailable for South Africa T20Is and was confirmed to miss Bangladesh T20Is as well.
There were expectations that he might return for the last series of the year but that wasn’t the case. It also remains to be seen if he does make himself available for the New Zealand tour.
The Indian selection panel may have moved on from him but the Men in Blue are still hunting for his successor. Rishabh Pant hasn’t been able to give the confidence so far and has been under the scanner of late.
India head coach, in September, heavily criticised the youngster. The selectors did recall Sanju Samson after four years – for the Bangladesh T20Is – but he was dropped for the West Indies series.
As for now, Dhoni is only confirmed to play IPL 2020. He will be leading Chennai Super Kings, as confirmed by N Srinivasan, and might retire following the T20 tournament.
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