New Delhi, October 28: Former India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni was on Friday dropped from the Indian T20I squads for the three-match rubber against the West Indies and also the subsequent three T20I matches against Australia.
Rohit Sharma will lead India in the upcoming T20I series against the Windies with regular skipper Virat Kohli being rested.Kohli, though, will be back to lead the men-in-blue in the three-match T20I series against Australia, that begins on November 21.
After this decision, several questions are doing rounds in social media and in the minds of his fans like, is MS Dhoni been rested? or has he stepped down? or did the selectors drop him?
According to a report published in Indian Express, the selectors took the decision keeping the T20 World Cup in 2020 in mind.
"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,” the Indian Express quoted a BCCI official.
Dhoni isn't part of both the T20I squads, with rookie keeper-bat Rishabh Pant set to don the big gloves, announced BCCI's chairman of selectors MSK Prasad after its meeting here.
Assuring that the doors aren't totally closed for Dhoni's return to the shortest format, Prasad said: "Dhoni is not going to play the 6 T20Is because we're looking at the second keeper slot. It is not the end of Dhoni in T20Is.aceThe national selection committee has shown first signs of phasing him out from one of the two limited-overs formats and T20 certainly seems to be more convenient for the five wise men."It's a given that Dhoni won't be around when next ICC World T20 happens in Australia in 2020. So, there wasn't any point continuing with him if he will not play World T20," a senior BCCI official privy to selection policy told PTI on Saturday."Obviously, the selectors and team management had a good deliberation on this issue. Both Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma were present at the selection committee meeting.""You think selectors could have gone ahead without their approval?" the official said.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.It's no secret that Dhoni is the first choice wicketkeeper for the England World Cup but a lot will depend on how he performs in the last three ODIs against West Indies.More so because he will again be out of match practice for the next two months till India play their next lot of ODIs from January to March.
India squad for West Indies T20Is: Rohit Sharma (c), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Dinesh Karthik, Manish Pandey, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wk), Krunal Pandya, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Bumrah, Khaleel Ahmed, Umesh Yadav, Shahbaz Nadeem.India squad for Australia T20Is: Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Dinesh Karthik, Rishabh Pant (wk), Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Washington Sundar, Krunal Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav, Khaleel Ahmed.Squad for the 4-Test series vs Australia: Virat Kohli (C), Murali Vijay, KL Rahul, Prithvi Shaw, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant, Parthiv Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
With PTI & IANS Inputs