The former Indian World Cup-winning captain MS Dhoni hasn’t played the game in the last ten months, and there is also no clarification about his future in the game. Former Indian chief selector, MSK Prasad, has recently revealed their position on Dhoni after the conclusion of the ICC 2019 World Cup. Prasad also talked about the chances of Dhoni’s return to the national team.
The 38-year-old wicket-keeper batsman MS Dhoni hasn’t played a cricket match since last July as he has made himself unavailable for the selection following India’s exit at the 2019 World Cup. Though he was ready to feature in the IPL 2020, which was initially scheduled to begin on 29th March 2020, the novel, COVID-19 or coronavirus has forced to delay his return to the game.
While Dhoni was not active in cricket since the last World Cup, he also hasn’t clarified about his future, at least in the international cricket. The selectors and the team management were also silent in the question of Dhoni’s future in the Indian team.
Now, the former chief selector MSK Prasad has revealed that Dhoni initially wanted to take some rest after the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. Since then, the selectors shifted their focus to the young wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant.
Prasad said according to India Today, “I am very very clear. I made it very very clear. We had a discussion and Mahi didn’t want to play for sometime, so we moved on and then picked up Rishabh Pant and we’ve been backing him.”
Wicket-keeper KL Rahul’s rising has shadowed MS Dhoni’s return to the Indian team: MSK Prasad
While Pant was failing to handle the pressure of Dhoni, the team management and the selectors were looking for Dhoni’s return to the national team. However, in recent times, the in-form batsman KL Rahul got the opportunity to keep the wickets, and he has managed to impress everyone with his wicket-keeping skills. Moreover, Rahul’s batting hasn’t been affected due to the extra crucial role.
Prasad feels that the wicket-keeper Rahul has done extremely well in the limited-overs cricket. But as the IPL 2020 is still doubtful, the former chief selector thinks that it is a tricky situation for Dhoni, talking about his international future.
Prasad claimed, “Now, that KL also has done extremely well in limited-overs that he played in NZ, so, it would’ve been nice had this IPL held and we would’ve seen Mahi’s old glimpses back but now it’s a tricky situation.”
MSK Prasad also praised the wicket-keeper KL Rahul, and he also feels that Rahul is now the top contender for the limited-overs wicket-keeper role.