Dhoni to remain unavailable for Bangladesh T20Is: The legendary wicket-keeper batsman is expected to remain away from cricket.
Former India captain and current wicket-keeper batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni hasn’t played cricket at the highest level since the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.
The 38-year old cricketer made himself unavailable from the recently concluded tour of West Indies and the ongoing series against South Africa. While Dhoni missed the West Indies tour due to his training for the parachute regiment of the Indian Army in Kashmir valley, there is no official reason why he missed the South Africa T20Is.
Dhoni’s absence from international cricket has also seen an increase in speculation about his retirement. One of India captain Virat Kohli’s tweet acted as fuel to fire in such a manner that MSK Prasad and Sakshi Dhoni had to clear the air regarding Dhoni’s retirement.
MS Dhoni to remain unavailable for Bangladesh T20Is
If a recent report in Mumbai Mirror is to be believed, Dhoni will continue to remain unavailable for the upcoming home series against Bangladesh. India are scheduled to play three T20Is against Bangladesh in November.
While the first T20I will be played on November 3 in Delhi, the second and third will be played on November 7 and 10 in Rajkot and Nagpur respectively.
The report further confirms that Dhoni’s break will extend till November which means that he will miss both the Bangladesh T20Is and the imminent Vijay Hazare Trophy. The five-match ODI series against West Indies in December will now be Dhoni’s next opportunity to play international cricket.
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In 350 ODIs, Dhoni has scored 10,773 runs at an average of 50.57 and a strike rate of 87.56 including 10 centuries and 73 half-centuries. In 98 T20Is, Dhoni has scored 1,617 runs at an average of 37.60 and a strike rate of 126.13 including a couple of half-centuries.