MS Dhoni might be past his prime, but many have had kept hopes high on the prominent face of Team India. One has to be a notch ahead to beat the veteran in a race. However, his average in the 50-over format is enough to exemplify what he had already done for the national team. Meanwhile, India’s chairman of the selectors MSK Prasad ahead of the 2019 World Cup speaks about the future of senior gloveman.
It’s the high time for preparations not retirement:
The 43-year-old former Indian cricketer Prasad maintained they are yet to speak regarding the future of the 37-year-old. However, he added India is preparing for the mega campaign, and it’s better not to divert ourselves in this regard.
“We have definitely not discussed this. Because prior to such a big tournament, I do not think it is wise to get distracted, since all energies are geared towards preparing well for the World Cup.” MSK to ESPNcricinfo.com.
Besides, in his extensive interview, Prasad reveals the stalwarts of the game are aware of what they’re bound to deliver for the same. And on similar lines, Dhoni knows what his game is all about.
Also, Prasad has expressed satisfaction to see Dhoni being among the runs in Australia and then in New Zealand.
Interestingly, Prasad has also revealed the exclusion of Dhoni for Australia and the Windies T20I fixtures in 2018.
Earlier, the rumours were doing rounds that Dhoni will hang his boots ahead of the quadrennial event when he mutually agreed to allow youngster Rishabh Pant to face the West Indies Cricket Team and Kangaroos in a nutshell.
Did Dhoni get dropped? No.
Dhoni, who missed out on as many as six T20Is, saw Prasad explaining that he discussed with the senior wicketkeeper-batsman in a bid to look out for the second gloveman, for the ODI showpiece. Thus, it pushed the case for Dinesh Karthik and 21-year-old promising batsman Pant.
“He definitely was not dropped. I personally spoke to Dhoni and team management. I told them we needed to identify the second wicketkeeper for the World Cup. So we wanted to give some game time to both Karthik and Rishabh, and that is why they played those six T20Is,” Prasad said.
Recently, Dhoni played a significant role for India in the three-match ODI series against Australia. While riding on three fifties on a trot, Dhoni bagged the Man of the Series award in Australia.
Besides, Virat Kohli-led Men in Blue clinched the 50-over series by 2-1.
In 2018, Dhoni couldn’t smash a fifty which made things quite tough for the World Cup-winning skipper. But the faith reposed in him had paid dividends when he smashed 192 runs.
Dhoni might continue playing for India post-2019 World Cup. Now, India will take on Australia in the impending limited-overs series.
India-Australia competition will kick off with a first of two-match Twenty20 International series in Vizag on February 24.
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