Selection committee had informed Dhoni about moving on: A BCCI official has said that the selectors feel it’s time to move on.
Throwing more light on the exclusion of former India captain and current wicket-keeper batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni from India’s T20I squads to face Windies and Australia, a BCCI official has said that the selectors had told the 37-year old cricketer via the team management that it is the right time to move on.
Earlier, there were several reports of Dhoni being rested and not dropped, followed by a statement that captain Virat Kohli and his deputy Rohit Sharma were aware of the fact that Dhoni would be dropped.
The official said that with Dhoni unlikely to continue till the ICC World Twenty20 2020 in Australia, the selectors believed that there isn’t much sense in playing him in the format.
Speaking to The Indian Express, the BCCI official was quoted, “The selectors before selection meeting had informed Dhoni through the team management that time has come to move on and give a chance to a younger player in the shortest format. Everyone knows that Dhoni might not carry on till 2020 T20 World Cup. Selectors felt the Indian board should start looking for Dhoni’s replacement from now on.”
Chairman of Selectors MSK Prasad was of the opinion that giving more opportunities to Rishabh Pant and Dinesh Karthik will give India a better chance of selecting the second wicket-keeper alongside Dhoni for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.
“He is not going to play the six T20Is because we are looking at second wicket-keeper. It will be between Pant and Dinesh Karthik and they will get a chance,” Prasad added.
With his form continuing to deteriorate in ODIs, the fortune of one of India’s most admired cricketers in the 50-over format lies in his own hands at this point in time.
Read some of the latest Twitter reactions on Dhoni below:
The picture says it ol dat he’s still in form for t20 but no matter wat u @BCCI @RaviShastriOfc haven’t been chosen for, @bhogleharsha@msdhoni has given ol ICC trophies n
Test no.1 side
And yes…no one can be like him whether he is @sachin_rt or @imVkohli or @ImRo45 pic.twitter.com/NKHbkZJsiF
— sunil makwana (@_king_of_nights) October 28, 2018
Tricky road ahead for MS Dhoni till 2019 World Cup pic.twitter.com/c7pQCwAFnA
— Trending News Time (@trendingnewstim) October 28, 2018
— Divya Barathi (@DivyaBarathi3) October 25, 2018
— Star Sports (@StarSportsIndia) October 27, 2018