Dhoni most probably won’t feature in the next World T20, says Gavaskar
Indian cricketing legend Sunil Gavaskar has finally spoken about the recent MS Dhoni saga.
Dhoni was dropped from the Indian T20 International side for the West Indies and Australia series. But according to Gavaskar, Indian team management wants to establish young Rishab Pant in an explosive finisher as well as an effective wicket-keeper keeping the future in mind. And it simply means that Dhoni won’t be playing for India in the World T20 2020.
When asked whether the decision to not pick MS Dhoni for T20Is was right, Gavaskar told CricTracker, “Dhoni knows that he will not be a part of the World T20 in 2020, so he’s thought about the overall good of Indian cricket and given Rishabh Pant a chance to gather more experience in T20Is. Pant has an exceptional T20 record in the IPL. So that’s why he’s made himself unavailable.”
According to Gavaskar, Dhoni should involve his body into some domestic matches. What will happen because of this is his body will be match fit. Dhoni is already ageing and his agility and muscle power is declining with age. So, it will be wise for him to feature for his stateside Jharkhand in the domestic tournaments or even first-class matches.
“I also want Dhoni to continue to play whatever matches he can for Jharkhand because that’s what will give him match practice. For someone over 35, he needs to be playing international cricket constantly to keep up with the changes. So if he plays as much cricket as possible until January, Indian cricket will benefit from it,” the former Indian skipper added speaking to SportsTak.
India is going on a lengthy full-fledged tour down under. First of all, they will play a three-match T20 International series against the mighty Aussies followed by a gruelling four match test series. Then the tour will be capped off with a three-match one-day international series. Dhoni will surely feature in the ODI series which is going to be played in January next year.