Since India’s crushing exit from the 2019 50-over World Cup courtesy a semi-final defeat at the hands of Kane Williamson-led New Zealand, former Indian captain MS Dhoni has not played a competitive game. Unfortunately, Dhoni was dismissed with a genius direct-hit by Martin Guptill, stopping whatever the Men in Blue hoped to pull off a jail-break to reach the finals.
Supporters feared they had seen the last of the three-time ICC Trophy-2007 T20 WC, 2011 50-over WC and 2013 Champions Trophy-winner in India colors as a dejected-almost shattered-Dhoni walked off the field. And, until now, their fears have been proven true. MS Dhoni has made himself unavailable for the West Indies tour in August and several speculations about his retirements have been making the rounds since then.
The Indian coach and the previous selection committee have been giving mixed signals about the future of Dhoni’s international career, with the latter alluding that they have moved on while the former suggested that if he has a successful IPL, the veteran wicket-keeper-batsman might be taken into consideration.
Expressing his wish to see MS Dhoni play once again donning the Blue jersey of team India, Kapil Dev advised that the former skipper must play as much cricket as possible to get himself back in the zone.
“As a cricketer, it all depends on the management. If you haven’t played for one year, what else you expect. You have to play more matches to make [it to] the team. As a fan, I want to see him (Dhoni) play,” added Kapil Dev the 1983 World Cup winning captain.
Talking about MS Dhoni, the legendary wicket-keeper is all set to lead Chennai Super Kings in IPL 2020. And if his form strikes the chord with the Team Management then he might be considered for the upcoming T20 World Cup.