MS Dhoni hasn’t played competitive cricket for almost a year now and speculations still continue to galore around his international future.
Dhoni’s last International outing came during India’s heartbreaking semi-final defeat to New Zealand in the 2019 World Cup. Since then, the former captain has been on an extended sabbatical.
Dhoni was supposed to make his comeback to competitive cricket with the 13th edition of the IPL but even that got delayed due to the postponement of the cash-rich league, raising further question marks on his international future.
With the BCCI set to organize a six-week camp for Indian cricketers next month, speculations and debates have been rife about Dhoni should or would be a part of the camp or not.
“If I was a national selector, MS Dhoni will be in my team”- Ashish Nehra
Former Indian pacer Ashish Nehra reckoned that MS Dhoni should be in the camp, adding that if he were the selector, he would have definitely picked him.
“If I was a national selector, MS Dhoni will be in my team but the bigger question is that whether he wants to play or not. It’s what Dhoni wants at the end of the day,” Ashish Nehra told PTI.
Meanwhile, MSK Prasad, former chairman of selectors, who during his stint had said that the team management and selection committee has moved on from Dhoni, reckoned that Dhoni could it to the camp it is being seen as a precursor to the T20 World Cup.
“I don’t know whether T20 World Cup is happening or not. If it is happening and you are just looking at the camp as a pre-cursor to the tournament, then MS should definitely be there. If it’s a case of bilaterals, then you already have KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant and Sanju Samson,” Prasad said
Deep Dasgupta, on the other hand, said that selectors should have a word with MS Dhoni as to whether he wants to be a part of the training camp.
“I mean if Dhoni is a part of that camp, it will be six weeks with the next batch of keepers who can pick his brains. Yes, if he is not a part of that camp, I would still not rule him out if he has a good IPL. Say he bats at No 4 for CSK and gets 500 runs, can you ignore him then?” Deep Dasgupta said.