Former Indian pacer, Chetan Sharma has said that MS Dhoni will now have to face stiff competition for his place in the Indian team. Dhoni was last seen in the Indian colours in the semi-final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. Unfortunately, India lost the game to New Zealand and were eliminated from the competition. Since then, Dhoni has been away from the Indian team.
His return was much anticipated with the return of IPL 2020 this year as he was back to the field sweating it hard for the Chennai Super Kings (CSK). However, the BCCI had to postpone the tournament indefinitely due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. And, this has again given way to speculations on Dhoni’s future with Team India.
Now, Chetan Sharma reckons that MS Dhoni’s unavailability for so long has raised question marks over his future with the Men in Blue.
Chetan Sharma Opens Up On MS Dhoni’s Future With Team India
Speaking exclusively to CricketAddictor.com, Chetan Sharma said, “No one can deny that Dhoni has contributed a lot to the Indian team. He has scaled heights across all formats and led the team to glory in all three major ICC tournaments. But, his unavailability for so long has raised questions in front of the selectors.”
“Due to his absence, a couple of youngsters have cemented their place in the team. There is KL Rahul who has done exceptionally well in India’s recent outings. After that, Rishabh Pant is also in contention. So MS Dhoni will now have to fight for a place in the India team,” Chetan Sharma added.
Former Cricketers Divided On MS Dhoni’s Return To Team India
Recently, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) star batsman Suresh Raina said MS Dhoni did not show any signs of ageing and that he was hitting the big sixes at will, as usual during the training camp in Chennai. Laxmipathy Balaji, the bowling coach of Chennai Super Kings, also vouched for MS Dhoni’s return.
On the other hand, former wicketkeeper-batsman, Deep Dasgupta had said that MS Dhoni should have kept playing domestic cricket if he aspired a return to the Indian team. Kris Srikkanth also noted that if the IPL does not take place, Dhoni’s return looks impossible. Gautam Gambhir and Ashish Nehra also had similar views to those of Srikkanth.