Is MS Dhoni in Team India's Plan for ICC T20 World Cup 2020?

Is MS Dhoni in Plan? Vikram Rathour on Identification of Players For the ICC T20 World Cup 2020

MS Dhoni, Ajit Agarkar, Aakash Chopra
MS Dhoni. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Does the Indian team still need the services of veteran MS Dhoni or they have moved forward? Well, there is still no answer to this question we all are looking for. If reports to be believed, it always indicated that there will be an inclusion of former Indian skipper in the ICC T20 World Cup 2020 quad. While India’s batting coach Vikram Rathour stated that the team management has clarity over the team’s selection for the assignment in Australia.

As the T20 World Cup, 2020 is around the corner, there is a lot of hype over Dhoni’s role. Albeit, the wicketkeeper-batsman, who has last featured in the World Cup 2019, is silent over his future plans.

Earlier, Indian head coach Ravi Shastri has opined that If MS Dhoni plays well in the IPL 2020, he can be considered as an option for the marquee event.

MS Dhoni is out of international cricket for a while:

MS Dhoni, Vikram Rathour, ICC T20 World CUp 2020,
MS Dhoni. Credits: AP Photo

I don’t see many changes: Vikram Rathour

With KL Rahul delivering both as a batsman as well as a wicketkeeper, it might be tough for MS Dhoni to make an entry in the squad. Against Australia, in the second ODI, Rahul perfectly replicated the task of Dhoni as the finisher while doing justice behind the stumps.

Thus, if Rathour’s statement is anything to go by then one can say that Dhoni is unlikely to play in the upcoming coveted tournament. India’s batting coach, speaking on the eve of third T20I game against New Zealand, said that they have identified the core team and only a case of injury can replace a player.

MS Dhoni, Vikram Rathour, ICC T20 World CUp 2020,
Vikram Rathour. Photo Credit: BCCI.

“Adjustments will keep going on till the last minute. But as far as I am concerned and the team management is concerned, we have the core. We know what our team is going to be. Unless there is a case of injury or really bad loss in form, I don’t see many changes happening,” said Rathour.

Meanwhile, after winning back-to-back matches against New Zealand, India will head to play the third T20I match at Seddon Park in Hamilton on Wednesday (29th January).