Ganguly to Gavaskar: Who Said What About MS Dhoni’s T20 Exclusion
Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s contribution to Indian cricket has been massive. But former India captain’s recent exclusion from the squads for the T20 series against West Indies and Australia is an indication that this could be the start to that ending.
Chief of Selectors MSK Prasad when asked if Dhoni’s career in T20s is over, said, “Not yet”. The selection committee – who’ve instead picked Dinesh Karthik and Rishabh Pant – said that Dhoni has been “rested” and India is now looking to fill in the second wicketkeeper’s slot.
Former India captain Sourav Ganguly said that he wasn’t “surprised” to see Dhoni’s name missing from the T20 squad.
that exclusion from the T20 team should not have an effect on Dhoni’s game-time, especially if he’s still in the scheme of things for the 2019 World Cup.
“I have one issue here… I feel if the selectors are going to stick with Dhoni till the 2019 World Cup, then I think he should be given enough matches.”
Sourav Ganguly to IndiaTV”He doesn’t play domestic cricket so after the last ODI against West Indies, Dhoni will next play in Australia in the ODI series and after that against New Zealand. That’s a long gap in cricket. The selectors should ask him to play in Ranji Trophy so that he stays in touch with the game and regains his form back. You might be a big player but if you don’t play regularly, you will end up losing your touch.”
While Gavaskar said Virat needs Dhoni
“Virat needs (Dhoni),” former India captain Sunil Gavaskar said in his analysis on Star Sports. “There’s no doubt about it. In 50 overs where there is that much more time, that’s when MSD comes into play. You know he makes those small field adjustments, talking to the bowlers in Hindi, telling them where to bowl and what to bowl. It’s a huge plus for Virat.”
“MSD is an absolute must for the 2019 World Cup,” he added. “But having said that, I believe, the way Rohit Sharma has come to the party as a captain, as a thinker, as a planner. He has been brilliant.”
“With Rohit coming in and also Ajinkya Rahane, Virat has a couple more shoulders to lean on. Therefore, I think this [is a] move to have MS Dhoni take a break from T20I cricket.”
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