There has been a lot of speculations going around with the retirements of former India skipper MS Dhoni following the ICC World Cup 2019. The thoughts are on an all-time high after the veteran cricketer made himself unavailable for the upcoming series against West Indies. But recent reports say the Dhoni is likely to continue till the T20 World Cup in 2020 on special request of skipper Virat Kohli.
Dhoni to continue till T20 World Cup
MS Dhoni has struggled throughout the World Cup failing to lead the middle-order. He scored at a rate of below 100 which had put pressure on opponent batters resulting Indi bowling out of the competition from the semifinals. Since then, there have been a lot of perceptions with Dhoni’s future in the Indian team. Reports stated that he is no more the first choice wicket-keeper for India. Chairman of selectors MSK Prasad also clarified on the same saying that they are looking at Rishabh Pant as India’s first-choice wicketkeeper across formats.
While many thought the break as an indication to bid farewell to cricket, new reports are coming out that MS Dhoni will continue till T20 World Cup in Australia next year on Virat Kohli’s request. The source close to the development also said that Dhoni changed his mind after talking to the Indian skipper. Kohli has time and again backed the former skipper during the World Cup and spoke about the advantages of his presence in the team.
“It was only after Virat (Kohli) advised Dhoni not to quit immediately that the latter changed his mind,” a report quoted a source close to Kohli.
The source also added that Virat Kohli feels there are no fitness issues with MS Dhoni. While Rishabh Pant remains the first option, Dhoni can come in case of an injury or if Pant loses his form. However, the main intentions still remain to groom the young wicket-keeper batsman.
“Virat feels that Dhoni has no fitness issues and can continue till the T20 World Cup next year if required by the team. The logic is that while grooming Pant, the Indian think-tank does not want any other wicketkeeper in the team. And, if Pant suffers any injury or loss of form during this time, then Dhoni can easily come in without any issues,” the source concluded.