MSK Prasad talks about MS Dhoni’s future
Team India’s chairman of selectors MSK Prasad was in the news recently when he spoke about MS Dhoni’s future in the press conference after India announced squad for West Indies tour in Mumbai. MSK Prasad said that retirement decisions are purely individual and that MS Dhoni should retire on his own.
MSK Prasad also confirmed that MS Dhoni is not available for the limited-overs series while highlighting that the selection committee is seriously working on giving more chances to young wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant across all three formats of the game.
“He [MS Dhoni] is unavailable for this series. he has expressed his unavailability. Having said that, we had certain road maps till the World Cup. Subsequently, post the World Cup, we have laid down a few more plans. We thought of giving as many opportunities to Rishabh Pant to see he is groomed. That’s our plan right now,” MSK Prasad told the reporters in Mumbai.
The selection committee chairman also said that they discussed with MS Dhoni’s future. “We did discuss with him [Dhoni’s future].
“Retirement is purely individual. A legendary cricketer like MS Dhoni… he knows when to retire. But as far as the future roadmap is considered, that is in the hands of the selectors.”
MS Dhoni, who holds an honorary post of Lieutenant Colonel in the Parachute Regiment of the Territorial Army requested for a 2-month break as he wanted to join the para regiment. The two-time World Cup-winning Dhoni had made this commitment even before the start of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.
“We would like to clarify three things. MS Dhoni is not retiring from cricket right now. He is taking a two-month sabbatical to serve his paramilitary regiment which he had committed much earlier. We have now intimated his decision to skipper Virat Kohli and chairman of selectors MSK Prasad,” a senior BCCI official told the news agency PTI on Saturday.