Dhoni not ready to give up World Cup dream
Mahendra Singh Dhoni, once regarded as the best finisher in the world, has been struggling with the bat lately. It’s been almost a year since he scored a half century against Sri Lanka.
Though the 37-year-old is still mentoring Virat Kohli from behind the stumps, many question on his inclusion in the playing XI in the first place. Because of his continuous failure to produce runs, he was axed from both the squads of India T20I against West Indies and Australia, and many wonder when he will receive the same fate from the 50-over set-up as well.
So much so that recently there have been different speculations about Dhoni’s participation in the upcoming ICC World Cup 2019 in England and Wales as well.
However, Dhoni’s close friend and manager Arun Pandey has revealed that the Ranchi player is in no mood to back off from a shot at the quadrennial event.
“It’s been a long cherished dream of Dhoni – since he gave up the captaincy in white ball cricket – to play in the World Cup next year where he would be more as a mentor to the team. His idea was to give Kohli time to develop in this role and there is still no change in his thinking,” Pandey said.
While it is expected that Dhoni will call quits to international cricket only after the next World Cup, the way Indian selectors have been treating him may very well be the direct signals towards him that says his time is over. Whether or not Dhoni receives them is the biggest question.