Dilip Vengsarkar, MS Dhoni
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Former India captain, Dilip Vengsarkar feels the Indian team led by Virat Kohli cannot have two wicketkeepers in the side, including that of MS Dhoni and Rishabh Pant. Meanwhile, the Delhi boy, Rishabh Pant was retained for the three-match T20Is against the Windies and also for the T20Is against Australia. However, veteran MS Dhoni got dropped from both the T20Is series. However, Vengsarkar says the selection has not been upto the mark.

Vengsarkar not keen to see two glovemen in team

“They can’t have two wicket-keepers in the team. The selection of the playing XI has not been up to the mark,” said Dilip Vengsarkar.

Moreover, there has been a significant concern for India to think about the form of MS Dhoni. He has registered scores of 7, 20, 36, 8, 33, 0, 42 in ODIs this year.

Dilip Vengsarkar, MS Dhoni
Dilip Vengsarkar. Image Courtesy: Getty

“Dhoni has been one of India’s greatest cricketers and finest captains.  But everybody goes through this phase. He is fit, but his form is suspect. That is because he doesn’t play all the formats and doesn’t play domestic cricket as well. It is tough to straightaway come and play international cricket,” Dilip Vengsarkar added.

Furthermore, Dhoni has scored 20 runs off 25 balls in the second ODI at Visakhapatnam. Then he scored seven runs from 11 deliveries in the third ODI in Pune. His ambition of playing the 2019 World Cup depends on how he performs and convinced the selectors.

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Meanwhile, MS Dhoni is currently out of form and is also not able to score runs for his team. Rishabh Pant, who looks filled with confidence would press for his case as a wicketkeeper-batsman in the side.

However, Dhoni had played an uncharacteristic knock of 37 runs from 59 deliveries in Lords in the second ODI against Englan. Also, his inning couldn’t help the team win the game, as the asking rate kept climbing. After that, in the final ODI match in Leeds, he played a little better and scored 66-ball-42.

Dilip Vengsarkar, MS Dhoni
Dilip Vengsarkar says India cannot have two wicketkeeper-batsmen.

Meanwhile, India played with two wicket-keepers in England as well as in the Asia Cup 2018. However, the cricketing logic behind the experiment is questionable.

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Arijit Chatterjee

An avid sports lover