“Go and ask Dhoni,” is what BCCI President Sourav Ganguly had to say when he was asked whether MS Dhoni would be a part of the T20 World Cup.
Ganguly was addressing the press after the 88th Annual General Meeting of BCCI in Mumbai on Sunday.
Dhoni last played a T20I for India in February 2019, against Australia in Bengaluru. He is yet to play competitive cricket since the World Cup earlier this year.
He made himself unavailable for selection in series after the World Cup. He did not feature in the T20I series against West Indies, South Africa and Bangladesh. With Pant’s performances not satisfactory, more eyes began to look for Dhoni.
However, Dhoni was selected for the squad against West Indies.
It was only on Friday that Ganguly had said that there was “absolute clarity” among the team think-tank on the future of Dhoni.
“There is clarity, but certain things cannot be said on public platform. There is absolute clarity on MS Dhoni and you’ll find out in time,” Ganguly had said.
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Indian selectors had said that they had moved on with Dhoni and were looking at other options for the future. However, Indian coach Ravi Shastri has recently suggested that the former Indian captain’s comeback might depend on his performances in the IPL.
Dhoni’s situation remains confusing and so many statements being made is not helping it either.
For now, with MS not in the mix, Rishabh Pant and Sanju Samson will look to grab the opportunity to become a regular as the wicket-keeper in India’s limited overs squad. Both were picked in the squad for the upcoming series against West Indies with the latter getting an opportunity owing to an injury to Shikhar Dhawan.
The three-match T20I series against West Indies will start on December 6 at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad.