Comeback On Cards? MS Dhoni Likely To Feature In Bangladesh T20I Series: Report
The availability of MS Dhoni for the T20I series against Bangladesh will be the biggest talking point when the national selection panel led by MSK Prasad tables a meeting to name the squads for the series. Despite many reports suggesting that the former India captain will not be part of the T20Is, a report in Sportstar has suggested that Dhoni is likely to feature in the series.
Multiple reports, in past few weeks, have suggested that MS Dhoni will not be part of the series and now it remains to be seen if he does play.
Dhoni has been on a break since World Cup 2019, where India lost to New Zealand in the semi-final. He took a break to serve the Indian Army and was expected to be back for South Africa T20Is after his stint with the Army but Dhoni made himself unavailable for the series.
He looked set to miss Bangladesh series as well but with the latest report suggesting that Dhoni might be back, he could be named in the team.
If Dhoni makes a comeback, then Sanju Samson might miss out on selection as Rishabh Pant is confirmed to retain his spot. Dhoni will continue to keep wickets while Rishabh will play as a specialist batsman so as to prepare for the twin T20I World Cups.
The focus will also be on the Indian skipper Virat Kohli, who is highly likely to be rested. In his absence, Rohit Sharma will lead India in the series.
Kohl will be back for Bangladesh Tests. The selectors are likely to retain the players who played the South Africa series. The only talking point will be the place of Kuldeep Yadav.
If he is fit, the Chinaman bowler will retain his spot but if deemed unfit, than Shahbaz Nadeem might keep his spot.
The focus will also be on Rishabh. He could be dropped from the squad given that Wriddhiman Saha will do the wicketkeeping job.
India and Bangladesh play three T20Is and two Tests from November 3 to 26.