MSK Prasad, the Chairman of the selection committee, has cleared that MS Dhoni, without any doubt, will go in the 2019 World Cup as team India’s number one wicketkeeper.
Recently, it was MSK Prasad himself who had said that Dhoni’s place was not confirmed in the team but just after few series, he has commented that Dhoni will be going in the 2019 World Cup,
“MS Dhoni still remains the number one wicketkeeper in the world. The stumpings that he does, the catches that he takes, it’s just phenomenal. There’s no comparison. I don’t see any other wicketkeeper even close to him in world cricket, forget about Indian cricket,” he said.
One of the prime reasons for Prasad saying this is that the selectors tested out Ishan Kishan and Rishab Pant at the India ‘A’ level but they did not do well. Parthiv Patel is not in competition in the ODI format and Dinesh Karthik made it to the team riding on his batting abilities.
In short, Dhoni is the option left in front of selectors and former Indian skipper has also done well to retain his place in the side. His wicketkeeping skills are unmatched and nothing has to be said about his batting abilities.
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Though the name of Sanju Samson emerged out before the Sri Lanka series, who could have given competition to Dhoni. Samson has had just few good matches in the season and selectors might want to test him in remaining competitions in the season as well.
Samson had made it to the Indian team in 2014 but has played just one T20I till now.
Selectors have also announced the 17-member ODI squad for the series against South Africa. Virat Kohli has made a comeback to the ODI side as well and will be taking over the charge for the limited overs series. Siddharth Kaul and Washington Sundar are the only names to be dropped from the side as they had to make way for senior players.
The ODI series between India and South Africa will start on February 1. A total of six ODIs will be played in the series. Prior to that, both the countries will play three Test matches and after the ODI series, three T20I matches will also be played.
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