MS Dhoni's Injury Behind His Absence From International Cricket: Report
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MS Dhoni’s Injury Behind His Absence From International Cricket: Report

Anil Kumble, MS Dhoni

Multiple theories have made rounds since MS Dhoni has taken a break from international cricket after the World Cup. While some reports have suggested that he has taken a break to let Rishabh Pant get his chances, one other report suggested that Dhoni might retire after IPL 2019.

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As per the latest report in The Indian Express, Dhoni is suffering from an injury which is the reason behind his leave from international cricket, The report adds that Dhoni went into the World Cup carrying a back niggle, that aggravated during the tournament. It is also to be noted that Dhoni had suffered a wrist injury during the tournament.

Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni

After the World Cup, it was already confirmed that Dhoni would not fly to the West Indies as he served the Indan army. After completing his stint with the Indian army, the former India captain was expected to play the three T20Is vs South Africa but he wasn’t available for selection.

As per a report in the Mumbai Mirror, he isn’t also available for he upcoming Bangladesh T20Is and now it has been reported that Dhoni is nursing an injury,

There has been no official word from BCCI but it is almost confirmed that Dhoni will be back in the side whenever he is fit and ready to play.

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He may not be part of the plans for twin T20 World Cups that take place in 2020 and 2021 but with Rishabh Pant struggling in white-ball, Dhoni will be an automatic choice to play the two ICC tournaments.

India do have options in the form of Ishan Kishan and Sanju Samson but it remains to be seen if they get their chance in months to come.

MS Dhoni and Rishabh Pant
MS Dhoni and Rishabh Pant. Reuters.

For now, Rishabh is touted to be successor to Dhoni across formats and he has already picked up the top spot in the red-ball cricket. He was chosen above Wriddhiman Saha for a place in the playing XI in West Indies.

India next play South Africa in three-match Test series from October 2 and there as well, Rishabh is expected to get the nod at least for the opening Test.