Biswajit Manna

BCCI has announced it’s annual contract list for the players. Players have been scattered into four categories, namely A+, A, B and C. As expected, only three players Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah have been included in the A+ category. They will be paid INR 7 Crore. A notable exclusion from the contract list is former Indian captain MS Dhoni.

Mahi has been left out of the contract list. Dhoni last played for India in the last world cup in the semifinal match against New Zealand. After that India traveled to the West Indies. But Dhoni made himself unavailable for the tour. He then joined army training in Kashmir.

After a successful trip to the Caribbean, India then hosted South Africa, West Indies, and Bangladesh. But Dhoni has not been included in any of the home series that took place over the past few years. Since the World Cup, Rishabh Pant has been a regular member of the limited over a squad of the Indian team. On the other hand, Bengal wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha was a part of the test team.

Selectors have clearly indicated that the team is looking for a new wicketkeeper-batsman as Dhoni no longer getting younger by the day. T-20 World Cup is due this year which will take place in Australia. Since taking over as the BCCI president, Sourav Ganguly has also voiced the same opinion. So this is a logical step, as the Indian cricket board has been excluded from the contract list. But the board should clearly make a decision on this and make a proper announcement. There is no need to keep cricket fans in the dark.

MS Dhoni is the most successful captain India has ever produced. He is definitely not going to play the next 50 over world cup which will occur in the year 2023. There is a slight possibility of him being part of the T-20 World Cup which will take place in Australia in October 2020. But the fact remains the same. Dhoni is not the same one which we saw a few years ago. Even though his wicketkeeping is not an issue as of now but his batting standards have definitely have gone down. His bat speed is not the same which we witnessed in his famous helicopter shots. In this situation, we have to move beyond MS Dhoni. The Ranchi lad has given a lot to Indian cricket. Instead of keeping fans in the dark about the future of MSD, the BCCI should absolutely make it clear when he is going to hang up his boots. Dhoni is a great cricketer and he should be given a proper farewell.

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