Dhoni’s two-month break after the World Cup had given more talks to people about his retirement. But now his unavailability for the South Africa T20I series has raised more questions about his retirement. Will he retire??
After his break, everybody was expecting that he will join in South Africa tour. But when his name was not in the squad, speculation of his retirement has increased.
News agency PTI quoted an unnamed BCCI official as saying, “The three choices as white-ball keepers are Rishabh Pant, Sanju Samson and Ishan Kishan.”
This statement clears that MS Dhoni is now no longer the priority for wicket keeping.
It has also been cleared that Dhoni will not be asked for the retirement. But if he makes himself unavailable for next home three-match T20I against Bangladesh, then the future of Dhoni will be questioned.
“This selection committee is clear on one front. They will never ask any questions to Dhoni with regards to retirement as that’s not their domain. But till they are in charge, they reserve the right to select the squad and as far as they are concerned, Rishabh Pant is now India’s first-choice keeper across formats,” the official said.
After the World Cup, Dhoni decided to take two months break and joined the army in Jammu Kashmir. His move after the World Cup heightened the question of his career in future.
Jasprit Bhumrah is also given the rest. Bhuvneshwar Kumar made himself unavailable. Hardik Pandya, the Indian allrounder, will be playing for the first time after the World Cup.