Gavaskar calls for MS Dhoni’s return in fifth ODI: Legendary Indian cricketer wants the veteran cricketer to play the fifth ODI.
A crushing 8-wicket defeat in the fourth ODI against New Zealand at Hamilton might force the Indian team management to consider bringing back former India captain and current wicket-keeper batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni into the playing XI for the fifth ODI.
While Dhoni was not dropped for the last two ODIs, a hamstring strain had kept him away form action. Dhoni’s absence was dearly felt yesterday after the Indian team was bundled out for a paltry 92.
Someone of his expertise would have been the ideal person to rescue India when their batsmen fell like a pack of cards against the likes of Trent Boult and Colin de Grandhomme.
@ImRaina i am one of those cricket fan who doesn’t believe in numbers avg or legacy 5615(raina),8701(yuvi)&10414(dhoni) many others have that numbers i respect that but these runs are including pressure wins, because is in pressure just one run look like 💯
— ASHISH MAURYA (@ASHISHJhingur) January 31, 2019
MS DhoNi Is The Good Finesar Of Indian Team pic.twitter.com/DQz7Z003bb
— Raushan Kumar (@Raushan57979715) February 1, 2019
If fit, Dhoni should be included into the playing XI without much discussion for the 37-year old cricketer will play a vital role in the absence of regular India captain Virat Kohli.
A major concern which the team management will face in bringing back Dhoni will regarding resting a batsman. If Dhoni returns, it is likely that one out of Shubman Gill or Dinesh Karthik will have to sit out.
While Gill had made his debut yesterday and would be hoping for more opportunities coming his way, Karthik has performed well in the limited opportunities which he has got in the recent times. Barring his yesterday’s innings, he has played impact-generating innings whenever he has got to bat since the tour of Australia.
Only can do it MS Dhoni pic.twitter.com/VObgBg94lP
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Former India captain and legendary batsman Sunil Gavaskar also supported the decision to pay Dhoni in the next match on being asked about the changes which India would be looking at for the last ODI.
“My feeling is that they’ll probably have [MS] Dhoni coming in place of Karthik. Other changes will be based on the conditions in Wellington. I don’t see too many changes though. I am sure Shubman Gill will get another opportunity,” Gavaskar was quoted as saying on Star Sports.