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Dhoni may silently retire from ODI and T20: Gavaskar

Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar feels it would be very difficult for Mahendra Singh Dhoni to find a place in the India squad for the T20 World Cup slated to be played in -November in Australia.

“I would definitely like to see Dhoni in India’s World Cup squad but it’s highly unlikely that it is going to happen,” Gavaskar said. “The team has moved on. Dhoni is not someone to make big announcements so I reckon he would silently retire from the game.”

MS Dhoni, 38, last played for India at the 2019 World Cup in England where the Men in Blue were knocked out in the semi-finals. Since then, he has been on a sabbatical and is due to appear on the cricket field in the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League.

India head coach Ravi Shastri has already stated that Dhoni’s selection depends on his performance in IPL. The IPL 2020 edition, originally due to start on 29 March, has been postponed till 15 April due to the coronavirus outbreak. Dhoni was training with the Chennai Super Kings squad but had to leave midway due to the COVID-19 pandemic which has so far claimed more than 11,000 lives across the world.

The former India skipper has not played any form of cricket since the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup semi-final against which India lost by 18 runs to get knocked out. In the aftermath of the loss, MS Dhoni announced a sabbatical from all forms of cricket and made himself unavailable for selection for series against the West Indies, South Africa, Bangladesh and even too New Zealand.

Former Indian skipper Kapil Dev believes the road ahead for Dhoni will be tough. “As his fan, yes (would like to see him playing the T20 World Cup) but as a cricketer, I think it all depends on the management. He hasn’t played for one year. He should play more matches to be on the team. There shouldn’t be different parameters for different players.”

Kapil continued, “It’s not just Dhoni who is playing the IPL. I am a person who looks for a young player who we can be proud of in the next 10 years. I think Dhoni has already done so much for the country. He is on his last leg. I am his fan so I would love to see him but in IPL I am looking for the next generation,” Kapil said.

Siddharth Raghuvanshi
Editorial Assistant of Sirf News with experience in covering sports and entertainment for Navbharat Times and Network 18's IBN Lokmat

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