MSK Prasad Speaks On MS Dhoni’s Future In International Career
On Sunday (21st July), the chief selector MSK Prasad has clarified that MS Dhoni‘s retirement decision is purely individual.
Before the beginning of recently concluded 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup, many expected that MS Dhoni would announce his international retirement immediately after that tournament. However, while India finished their 2019 CWC journey in the semi-final, Dhoni hasn’t opened up his future plan yet.
Recently, some of Dhoni’s close sources have claimed that Dhoni has no retirement plan at present.
The chief selector MSK Prasad has now clarified that MS Dhoni is unavailable for the upcoming tour of West Indies and the USA. Prasad further added that the retirement plan is purely individual, the selectors have the responsibility to create a future roadmap.
Prasad told in the press conference, “He [MS Dhoni] is unavailable for this series. he has expressed his unavailability. Having said that, We have certain road maps till the World Cup. Subsequently, post the World Cup, we have laid down few more plans. We thought of giving as many opportunities to Rishabh Pant to see he is groomed. That’s our plan right now.
“We did discuss with him [Dhoni’s future].
“Retirement is purely individual. A legendary cricketer like MS Dhoni… he knows when to retire. But as far as the future roadmap is considered, that is in the hands of the selectors.”
India will play a three-match bilateral T20I series, three-match bilateral ODI series and two-match bilateral Test series against Windies in the upcoming West Indies and the USA tour.
We are grooming youngsters now – MSK Prasad
In the 2019 CWC, MS Dhoni played a crucial role in the Indian batting line-up as a middle-order batsman. The right-handed wicketkeeper-batsman scored 273 runs in eight innings with an average of 45.50. He hit two half-centuries in this tournament. However, he has been criticised for his slow batting in that tournament. Dhoni’s tournament strike-rate was 87.78.
Prasad has also clarified that they haven’t discussed with MS Dhoni about his strike-rate in that tournament. He further added that they are now focusing on grooming the youngsters.
Prasad said, “First of all, we don’t have to discuss about it (strike rate in World Cup). Secondly, we are grooming youngsters now.”
Prasad has also clarified that the young wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant will play all three formats in the upcoming tour.
The chief selector further added that Wriddhiman Saha and Kona Srikar Bharat are also in the serious contention for the wicketkeeping choice. While Saha is in the Test squad for the upcoming tour, Bharat is still waiting to earn his maiden international call-up.
Prasad said, “Rishabh Pant has not done anything wrong for his non-inclusion in the squads. Rishabh Pant is going to play all three formats. So we need to manage his workload. So Wriddhiman Saha and KS Bharat will come into the picture.”
The upcoming West Indies and the USA tour will be India’s first international assignment after their 2019 CWC journey.
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