Dhoni remains unavailable for Bangladesh T20Is
India’s veteran wicket keeper batsman MS Dhoni has ruled himself out of international cricket till November this year. He last played for India in the Cricket World Cup 2019 semifinal against New Zealand.
The extension of break has made him unavailable for the three-match T20I series against Bangladesh that will be played in November.
The 38-year old was also not available in the recently concluded tour of West Indies and the ongoing series against South Africa duo his training for the parachute regiment of the Indian Army in the valley of Kashmir. According to reports, there is no official reason behind his missing the South Africa T20Is.
Towards the end of July, he also joined the Territorial Army in Jammu & Kashmir for a 15-day stint. In his absence, the 21-year-old wicket keeper batsman Rishabh Pant has taken charge.
The future of Dhoni’s career has became the subject of intense scrutiny in recent times. Ahead of India’s first T20I against South Africa, one of the tweets from skipper Virat Kohli ignited the rumor of Dhoni getting retired but later Chairman of Selectors MSK Prasad termed that as a ‘false news’.
“A game I can never forget. Special night. This man, made me run like in a fitness test,” Kohli tweeted.
India’s living legend Sunil Gavaskar told only Dhoni himself can clarify about his future with Indian cricket.
“Nobody knows know what is in MSD’s mind. Only he can clarify what he thinks his future with Indian cricket is. But I think with him being 38 now, India should be looking ahead. Because by the time the next T20 World Cup comes around he will be 39 years old,” Gavaskar said to India Today.
“His value to the side is always going to be fantastic. Not just the runs he will score or the stumpings he will effect,” he added.