Questions raised on Chief Selector’s communication process

Dixit Bhargav
|Published 14/10/2018

Questions raised on Chief Selector’s communication process: MS Dhoni skipping the Vijay Hazare Trophy has raised concerns.

Former India captain and current wicket-keeper batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni not taking part in the ongoing Vijay Hazare Trophy has raised massive concerns on the the communication process between the Indian cricketers and the selection committee.

Such a development has not happened for the first time in the recent months for it was at the helm after Karun Nair was dropped from the Test team after without being given a single chance.

Dhoni’s participation in the Vijay Hazare Trophy has traveled a convoluted path in the last few days or so. It all started with reports of him playing for Jharkhand in India’s premier 50-over competition. After announcing the Indian squad for the first two ODIs against West Indies, chief selector MSK Prasad had confirmed Dhoni’s participation in the tourney.

In a strange turn of events, Dhoni hasn’t turned up for the match. Jharkhand coach Rajiv Kumar had yesterday said that there hasn’t been any official statement on Dhoni’s participation. He added that Dhoni’s participation in unlikely because he wouldn’t want to disturb the team combination for one match.

In a conversation with ESPNcricinfo, Kumar was quoted, “He has to go to Hyderabad on October 16 to report for the ODI series. Maybe he will come for a day, I don’t know yet what his plan is, but so far, he is not coming. But it may be possible. You know he takes his own decisions. He is saying the boys are doing well, so there is no point coming for just one game and taking somebody’s place.”

Given his dismal form this year, Dhoni might have looked at playing this match to gain some confidence. The whole conundrum also speaks about how senior players have a say of their own in playing domestic matches.

The Indian squad has to report on October 16 at Hyderabad. Despite that, vice-captain Rohit Sharma has opted to play for Mumbai in their quarter-final match against Bihar today.

Jharkhand will play their first quarter-final against Maharashtra tomorrow. Read some of the recent Twitter reactions regarding Dhoni below:


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Dixit Bhargav

Dixit Bhargav

Born and brought up in Pathankot, Dixit Bhargav is an engineering and sports management graduate who is currently into his fifth year as a Cricket Editor at The SportsRush. His first cricketing memory dates back to 2002 when former India captain Sourav Ganguly had waved his jersey at the historic Lord’s balcony. What followed for an 8-year-old was an instant adulation for both Ganguly and the sport. The optimist in him is waiting for the day when Punjab Kings will win their maiden Indian Premier League title. When not watching cricket, he is mostly found in a cinema hall watching a Punjabi movie.

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