It has been more than six months since MS Dhoni was last seen on the cricket field. But during this long period, he always remained in the news. Courtesy, assumptions regarding his retirement from international cricket.
MS Dhoni is among the most successful captains not just in India but also in the rest of the world. The Ranchi-born cricketer had last played in July last year in the semifinal clash against New Zealand. India lost the rain-hit knockout match which was played in two days. Since then Dhoni was not seen in any cricket activity. Several former cricketers thought we might not see him again at the international level. But either the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) or Dhoni himself did not say anything clearly regarding this matter. Recently, head coach of Team India, Ravi Shastri expressed his opinion on this issue. He said Dhoni is definitely among the greats of the game. He knows it well when to hang up his boots. But Shastri also mentioned, if Dhoni was to be even remotely considered for the T20 World Cup team, then he has to play well in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020.
One can imagine that Dhoni might have heard the message from their head coach and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) skipper started training even before the official camp begun in Chennai. But with the coronavirus breakout and 21 days lockdown in India, this year’s IPL looking very uncertain. Many people believe that IPL 2020 is on the verge of cancellation. In this scenario, what is the future of MSD?
According to his childhood coach Keshav Ranjan Banerjee, even if the IPL 2020 doesn’t happen this year, Dhoni might still find a place in India’s T20 World Cup team. This will be Mahi’s last chance. “In the current scenario, IPL looks unlikely and we will have to wait for BCCI’s call. His (Dhoni’s) position will become tough obviously. But my sixth sense says he will get a chance in the T20 World Cup, which will be his last,” Banerjee told PTI from Ranchi, as quoted by hindustantimes.com.
He further added, “I spoke to him last after he returned from Chennai and I’m in constant touch with his parents. He’s doing his fitness training and is fully fit. Now let’s wait for the BCCI’s decision. There’s no tournament. ICC tournaments are off till June. So we will have to wait and see. For someone with 538 International matches, I don’t think it would take much time to adjust. It would have been a different scenario for a beginner. But it’s not the case with Dhoni. He has got a wealth of experience.”
Banerjee further added, “I think he will get the last chance. He is fully fit and trained in Chennai for a week or so. Now everything is closed in Ranchi, earlier he would train at the JSCA. But now he’s confined at home and making use of the facilities at home. He has a gym, a badminton court, and a running corridor. I’m sure BCCI (president, selectors, captain) are aware of the scenario. They will make the announcement when it’s the right time,” as quoted by hindustantimes.com.