India’s exit from World Cup 2019 has raised the demand for MS Dhoni’s retirement from limited over cricket as well. Now according to the news, Dhoni will not be a part of Indian’s tour to West Indies in next month.
India will be playing three T20Is, three ODIs, and two test matches in West Indies starting from August 3 to September 3. Rishabh Pant will be India’s first wicketkeeper as MS Dhoni has made himself unavailable for the tour “MS will not go to the West Indies. Going forward, he will not travel with the team within India or overseas as the first-choice wicket-keeper. Rishabh Pant will take over and there will be a grooming window for him until he settles down.”
According to the earlier reports, the selectors planned to have a chat with MS about his plans of retirement before the final team selection for the tour. But now it looks like even MS has understood the situation and wants to give a hint on the same. Dhoni will probably be a part of the 15-member squad of the team but will not feature in playing XI. According to the source quote mentioned on Times of India, Dhoni’s presence even in the initial 15 will be beneficial for the team as he can be a guiding hand. “For all you know, he could be part of the 15 but not part of the 11. This team needs a guiding hand on multiple fronts and wishing MS away is clearly unhealthy.”
Dhoni’s batting approach in the World Cup was criticized by the experts and fans. Especially after India’s exit people expected the veteran to announce his retirement with immediate effect. Now amidst the criticism of team management regarding selection, approach, the news of Dhoni’s unavailability in the team can certainly be a significant clue.
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