New Delhi, October 27: Dhoni who made his name by winning the first T20 world cup and overall second major world cup trophy for India. He also won the third world cup for India when Indian team went on to win 50 overs world cup in 2011. He was a hero for 120 billion people but same MS Dhoni with 14-year old- career is facing his toughest days.
The 37-yr-old cricketer who led India in tough times winning on both home and overseas grounds is dropped from the Indian team for the upcoming two T20 match series against West Indies.
It means Dhoni won't be around when next ICC World T20 happens in Australia in 2020 which is scheduled for 18 October to 15 November 2020.
With no doubt, Dhoni can be called the greatest finisher in limited overs cricket in the current generation and stands tall among greatest finishers of all time.
Interestingly, Dhoni also holds a record of remaining unbeaten in successful run chases(38 matches). Out of which, he scored winning runs in form of sixes on 9 occasions which is highest of all time.
There are many occasions when he has proved to be a superhuman with his lightning skills behind the wicket, sharp mind to make decisions out of the box and running between the wickets. MS Dhoni has also proved that he has the coolest head under the toughest condition on the field.
In the year 2018, Dhoni played seven T20 Internationals with an unbeaten 52 off 28 balls against South Africa being the highlight.If that inning is taken out, Dhoni has scored 71 runs off 51 balls in the remaining six matches that he has played.
With two years to go for the next T20 world cup (18 October 2020) its obvious Dhoni won't be seen in a blue jersey.
The chairman of selectors MSK Prasad spoke about looking at a second choice keeper and the flamboyant Rishabh Pant has already earned the vote of confidence from the team management.
That precisely is the reason why selectors could risk dropping Dhoni from the shortest format.
"If Pant plays well and Dhoni's inconsistent run continues, would you still call him a certainty for World Cup? On what basis?" questioned a former India player.
However, resting Dhoni in the coming T20 series shouldn't be seen as the end of an era as it totally depends on Mahi's decision who himself quitted Tests to focus on limited overs matches and later on quitted limited-overs captaincy to give time for Kohli ahead of the 50 overs world cup in 2019.
If not T20 world cup in 2020 Dhoni fans will surely like him to play the 50 overs world cup in 2019 if he keeps his fitness and contributes well enough to help Indian team lift another world cup before he says goodbye to the game of gentleman.
With PTI Inputs