There has been a lot of talk about the future of former India captain MS Dhoni, who hasn’t played any competitive match since World Cup 2019. There has been no update whether he will continue to play international cricket or retire from the game. Neither selectors nor the board knows it and it remains to be seen when Dhoni takes a decision on his career.
Former India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh was asked about his views on MS Dhoni’s future but the 37-year-old took a dig at selectors and asked reporters to ask the question to ‘great selectors’.
“I don’t know. You should ask your great selectors, when you meet them. That’s their call, not mine,” he said.
There have been occasions when the news regarding Dhoni retiring from the game have come up. Although it has been confirmed that he will lead Chennai Super Kings in the next season of IPL because the franchise had signed a three-year deal with players.
The CSK captain is only expected to take a call on his career after the next year’s tournament, which means that he isn’t expected to play next T20 World Cup. Chief selector MSK Prasad had also hinted at moving on from Dhoni last month.
“We are moving on, we are very clear. Post World Cup we have been clear. We started backing (Rishabh) Pant and wanted to see him do well. He may not have had the best of matches but we are clear, we are focusing on him only,” Prasad had said.
In his absence, Rishabh Pant has been backed by selectors and the 22-year-old will be given a long run. Likes of Sanju Samson and Ishan Kishan are also in the fray but a comeback for Dinesh Karthik can’t also be ruled out.
He has a good record in T20Is since his comeback to the national side in 2017 and there can be a case when the selectors might go with Karthk for his experience – he had pipped Rishabh for a place in the World Cup 2019 squad due to same reason.
As for now, Rishabh has played every limited-overs game in Dhoni’s absence but might be dropped from the team if he fails to capitalise on opportunities.