MS Dhoni is not in the ideal situation to actually make a comeback to the Indian cricket team. The former skipper has not been to the field for a single competitive event since the 2019 World Cup semi-finals. His due comeback to the field was scheduled during the IPL 2020. Unfortunately, the Coronavirus outbreak is severe enough now to cancel or delay the cash-rich event. Right now, it does not seem like Dhoni will be able to show his form anytime soon.
Virender Sehwag addresses this point and points to the likes of Rishabh Pant and KL Rahul. During Dhoni’s absence, both Pant and Rahul tried out for the wicket-keeping position. While Pant did not receive positive feedback, it was Rahul who manages to make an impact. However, both of them are strong players with skills suitable for the wicketkeeper-batsman position. At this Sehwag points out that as of now it is going to difficult for MS Dhoni to secure a spot in the team.
“Where will he fit in? With the likes of Rishabh Pant and KL Rahul already in form, especially the latter performing exceptionally well of late, I think there is no reason why we should not stick with them.”
In fact, even Kapil Dev was of the opinion that MS Dhoni’s return to the team must not be based just on IPL 2020. He believes that the Indian Premier League platform is great for scouting fresh talent. Therefore, the selection committee must not fixate on Dhoni.
On the other hand, Virender Sehwag put his opinion about Virat Kohli forward as well. He says that every player goes through a phase where the performance levels are low. However, it is possible to make a comeback when the time comes.
“He [Kohli] is a class batsman but that has happened to all the great batsmen in different eras be it Sachin Tendulkar, Steven Waugh, Jacques Kallis or Ricky Ponting.”