Former India opener Gautam Gambhir thinks chances of MS Dhoni’s return into the Indian team are ‘dim’ if the IPL 2020 is not held this year due to the coronavirus outbreak.
MS Dhoni, who has not performed for India because the 2019 World Cup semi-final, was eyeing a return to aggressive cricket along with his Chennai Tremendous Kings aspect in what would have been the 13th version of the Indian Premier League.
But with the pandemic still on a rage across the country, chances of the tournament being cancelled altogether have increased with each passing day.
Talking on Star Sports activities’ Cricket Related chat present, Gambhir opined that since Dhoni had been lacking from motion because the World Cup, it will make extra sense to proceed with somebody like KL Rahul who has carried out effectively lately within the twin position of wicketkeeper-batsman.
“If the IPL doesn’t occur this 12 months, then it would change into very troublesome for MS Dhoni to make a comeback. On what foundation can he be chosen since he’s not been taking part in for the final one or one and a half 12 months,”Gambhir stated.
“The apt replacement for Dhoni could be KL Rahul. Ever since he has donned the ’keeper’s gloves in white-ball cricket, I’ve seen his performance, both batting and ’keeping. Obviously his keeping is not as good as Dhoni’s, but if you are looking at T20 cricket, Rahul’s a utility player, can keep and bat at No. 3 or 4,” he added.
“If the IPL doesn’t occur, then MS Dhoni’s possibilities for a comeback look dim. In the end, you might be representing India, so whoever dishes out the perfect efficiency and may win the match for India ought to play for the group,” he stated.
“So far as his (Dhoni’s) retirement plans go by, that’s his private alternative.”
In the meantime, Dhoni’s probabilities of being picked in India’s T20 World Cup squad might be “very, very bleak” if the 13th IPL would not happen, former chairman of selectors Kris Srikkanth stated on Saturday with out mincing phrases.
“I am not going to be diplomatic. I am talking about if I was the chairman of the selection committee, what would I do. If the IPL does not happen then his (Dhoni’s) chances are very, very bleak,” said Srikkanth on Star Sports’ show Cricket Connected.
On the same show, former England captain Nasser Hussain felt that Dhoni shouldn’t be “pushed into retirement”.
Hussain, one of the most respected voices in world cricket, said that Dhoni still has a lot to offer to Indian cricket.
“Once Dhoni is gone, there is no getting him back. There are some legends of the game, appreciating while around because they are once-in-a-generation cricketer and don’t push him into retirement too early.
“Only Dhoni knows his mental state and in the end the selectors select and players turn up when asked to,” the 52-year-old Hussain said.
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