BCCI Chief Selector MSK Prasad has said that Mahendra Singh Dhoni will no longer be included in the ODI squad by default. Instead, the former captain will have to prove that he deserves to be included in the 2019 World Cup squad. Dhoni may have retired from Test cricket but he is still active in 50-over matches and T20 matches. He is not getting any younger and will be 38 when the 2019 World Cup arrives, this has Prasad concerned.
Prasad drew comparisons with tennis legend Andre Agassi when referring to Dhoni. I was just reading (Andre) Agassi’s book “Open”, his life actually started after 30 years,” said Prasad “Till then he won two or three (grand slams). His actual life started after that. “He lived with media pressure, ‘When are you going to retire?’ But he played till 36 and he won so many grand slams. So you never know.”
He also said that if he can consistently perform, he will in all likelihood be included in the team. Prasad also made it clear that the BCCI was not doubting his wicket-keeping skills or fitness, instead it was his batting ability. He was silent about the possibility of Dhoni being rested as part of the BCCI’s rotation policy. But Yuvraj Singh has been rested for the Sri Lanka tour due to this strategy.