Selectors to look at alternatives if Dhoni doesn’t deliver

Selectors to look at alternatives if Dhoni doesn’t deliver

Chairman of selectors, MSK Prasad on Monday has said that former skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s future is being discussed at selection meetings but they will look at alternatives only if the 36-year old doesn’t deliver.

A day after India announced the squad for Sri Lanka, leaving out Yuvraj Singh, Prasad was asked whether Dhoni was a natural pick, if the name rolled off naturally as it used to.

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“Whenever a player keeps ageing,” Prasad’s reply began. “I was just reading [Andre] Agassi’s book, Open, his life actually started after 30 years. Till then he won two or three. His actual life started after that. He lived with media pressure, ‘When are you going to retire?’ But he played till 36 and he won so many Grand Slams”

He added on the same, “So you never know. We don’t say it is an automatic this thing… but we will see. We are all stakeholders. We all want the Indian team to do well. If he is delivering, why not? If he is not, we will have to look at alternatives.”

Asked if there had been a discussion around Dhoni, Prasad said: “Discussions happen about everybody. It is not just MS. When we pick, when we talk about combinations, we talk about everybody. You will also see in time to come.”

Asked how confident Prasad was of seeing Dhoni in the 2019 World Cup and whether he was going to be rotated like other players too: “We will see, we will see. The legend that he is, we don’t want to make it… but yes we have a plan,” he signed off.

– Nazmus Sajid Chowdhury, Contributor, bdcrictime.com