Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s international cricket career seems to be over now. There have been innumerable rumours around his retirement from the national side.
While fans and administrators have no clue what the Ex. Indian cricket captain thinks about his cricketing plans, the man himself has not revealed anything about this future. He had made himself unavailable for selection after India’s exit from the 2019 ICC cricket world cup. He has already retired from tests long back.
Now, if reports are to be believed, BCCI has made up its mind not to select Dhoni in the playing eleven and has ‘already moved on”. Though, the selection committee is open for his return only for his “Farewell series”.
— BCCI (@BCCI) October 23, 2019
Recently, the newly elected BCCI boss, Saurav Ganguly called Dhoni a champion player said:
“You know champions don’t finish quickly. I don’t know what’s in his mind and what he thinks about his career. So we will deal with that you know. He is one of the greats of the game and India is proud to have MS Dhoni over a period of time. If you even sit down and take a note of what he has done, you say, ‘Wow, MS Dhoni’,” Ganguly said.
After opting out from being selected, right after the world cup exit, Dhoni has served the Indian Army and had back out of all the upcoming series. There are some reports that now he is getting ready to train with Jharkhand U23 team to gain fitness.
Recently, MSK Prasad, Chief of selection committee also said that they’ve “moved on” and are looking to invest in youngsters. He mentioned that they have spoken to Dhoni and he is also of the opinion that it is the right time to groom youngsters.
The team had thus experimented with Rishabh Pant, however, he was severely criticized for his reckless attitude and missed chances both behind and in front of the wicket. For the South Africa series, Wriddhiman Saha was preferred over Pant and he impressed everyone with his keeping skills, once again. However, age is not in his favour.
Though Pant has been picked up for the upcoming Bangladesh’s India tour, selection of Sanju Samson also hints that the board is now looking for other options apart from Pant.
It is yet to be seen what Mahendra Singh Dhoni, one of the greatest ever to play for India, has planned for himself, the chances of the 38-year-old cricketer donning the national jersey ever again are becoming bleak.