The debate over MS Dhoni’s future is refusing to take the back seat. Not very long ago, the speculations were rife that MS Dhoni would retire at the end of India’s campaign in the World Cup. However, it did not happen. Recent reports suggest that Dhoni is no more an automatic choice in the team although he is unlikely to retire any time soon.
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The picture would become clearer when India announce their squad for the West Indies tour. The wicketkeeper-batsman has looked like a pale shadow of his usual self in recent months. He has been under pressure to deliver for more than a year now. The three fifties in Australia at the start of this year helped him make some breathing space for himself but since then things have not panned out as he would have liked.
His performance in the World Cup was widely criticised. Dhoni not only struggled with the bat but also with the wicketkeeping gloves. His knock against Afghanistan made even Sachin Tendulkar question his intent. Even in the semifinal, he struggled to score at a good pace although he scored a fighting fifty.
And with no clarity over Dhoni’s future, his former teammate Gautam Gambhir has taken a shot at him. The former India opener cited the example of the 2011-12 tour of Australia when Dhoni dropped the rotated the seniors in the team to make room for youngsters and said that it is time to be pragmatic.
“When Dhoni was the skipper, he invested in the future. I remember Dhoni saying in Australia that me, Sachin and Sehwag can’t play the CB series together as the grounds were big. He wished for young players for the World Cup. It’s necessary to take practical decisions than being emotional,” Gambhir told TV9 Bharatvarsh.