The flamboyant Indian batsman Rishabh Pant is the current wicketkeeper of the team across the formats. The selectors are happy to back him, as MS Dhoni almost nearing his retirement stage. Meanwhile, the reports that surfaced on the media claims that the ex-skipper was asked to groom young Rishabh Pant for ICC T20I World Cup 2020.
Following India’s disappointing end to their World Cup 2019 campaign, chief selector MSK Prasad is reported to have had a discussion with veteran wicketkeeper-batsman, MS Dhoni.
MS Dhoni knows his role –
He has been clarified that he isn’t going to be part of India’s scheme of things as the selectors are now planning to groom youngsters. However, Dhoni has ruled out retiring for now keeping World T20 in mind, which is slated to take place next year in Australia.
“Dhoni knows what his role and position are. All these talks about his retirement and when he will call it quits make no sense as he is a team player. He will never react to any controversy and I am sure you all know this much about the man and his ethics.
Youngsters need his guidance:
Speaking to IANS, sources in the know of developments said that while Pant is being readied with an eye on the 2020 World T20, the team management doesn’t wish for Dhoni to hang his boots as that could create a sudden vacuum in the set-up which will be hard to fill if Pant suffers an injury by any chance going into the next showpiece event.
“While the team management is grooming Pant with an eye on the next T20 World Cup and beyond, they want Dhoni as a mentor and back-up if he is needed going into the tournament. They want him to stick around a bit longer.
“Take a look around and tell me who are your options if Pant suffers an injury? To be honest, all the names on the other side don’t match-up to be half as good as Dhoni still is. Yes, there is no denying the fact that Pant is the future and he will be looked at across all formats, but Dhoni’s guidance as well as presence is still needed,” the source explained.
Amid intense speculation surrounding his retirement, Dhoni has made himself unavailable for the series as he will be spending the next two months with the Parachute Regiment of the Territorial Army, where he holds the rank of an Honorary Lieutenant Colonel.
However, it has been reported that he has clarified to the selectors that he isn’t retiring soon, although he is also not part of India’s future plans.