Although the fans will see the former Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni back in action in this year’s Indian Premier League, there still hasn’t been any update on the legendary wicket keeping batsman’s hiatus from international duty. Since the 2019 World Cup MS Dhoni hasn’t donned the Indian jersey, and his supporters are eager to see their idol back in action for Team India. However, Indian cricketing legend Kapil Dev has other thoughts.
Its now seven months since the world cup semi final, and while Dhoni spent his time off from the pitch with golf session and training with the Indian Army, its only recent that Chennai Super Kings announced their captain’s early return to the practice nets.
While the fandom wants to see Mahi back for the Men in Blue in this year’s ICC T20 Cricket World Cup in October, Kapil Dev thinks there are other factors which come in play for the 38 year old’s return.
“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,” Dev said at an event in Noida on Thursday.
Looking at this long gap away from competitive cricket, Kapil Dev feels this may have a detrimental effect on Dhoni’s chances of making a return to Team India.
He continued: “He (Dhoni) hasn’t played for one year. He should play more matches to be in the team. There shouldn’t be different parameters for different players.”
Although stating that he focuses on fresh players in the IPL, the 1983 world cup winning captain commended the achievements of the 2011 world cup winning captain.
Dev added: “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.” the 61 year old concluded.