Former New Zealand coach Mike Hesson recently voiced his opinion regarding the future of MS Dhoni. There’s an air of confusion surrounding the former Indian skipper. Ever since team India’s exit at the 2019 ODI World Cup, Dhoni has made himself unavailable for selection for the national team.
In the meantime, India have handed wicket-keeping duties to K.L. Rahul, who has performed fairly well, to say the least.
Rishabh Pant got the backing of BCCI in the early days after the World Cup, but ever since he injured himself against Australia, he too hasn’t featured regularly. Add to that the performances of youngsters Shivam Dube and Manish Pandey, Dhoni’s path back to the national team does not appear rosy at all.
Soon, Hardik Pandya too will return from injury and that will further increase competition in the squad. Dhoni was left out of BCCI’s central contract players’ list which further highlighted the inevitable, the end of an era maybe?
Looks like team India have ‘moved on’ from MS Dhoni: Mike Hesson
Ex-New Zealand coach Mike Hesson certainly feels like India have ‘moved on’ from MS Dhoni. Recent performances of the Men in Blue and BCCI’s tight-lipped approach towards Dhoni’s future, have further cleared any doubts.
India are indeed preparing for the future, a life without their former captain feels Hesson. Speaking to the media after India’s 5-0 triumph over New Zealand, the former Kiwis coach made his thoughts loud and clear.
“It seems like India have moved on. And they have certainly had to put their plans in place for when that (Dhoni’s retirement) happens. I have heard in the press that a lot depends on the IPL in terms of how Dhoni operates. If he is in good touch then obviously he plays, but looks like India have moved past MSD at this stage.”
Obviously replacing a World Cup winning captain is no easy feat, which is why India have been experimenting a lot recently. Hesson gave further insight into this matter as well.
“They were trying out different players in this series (and home season). Tried Shivam Dube, and Manish Pandey, who were playing slightly different roles, and I think they have found enough about those players. Of course if you have the ability to bring in Hardik Pandya (currently injured) towards the backend, that gives an extra dimension,” said the 45-year-old.