Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s absence from the Indian Cricket Team is raising questons as time flies, and numerous speculations and rumours are on the air about the former skipper’s return to the lineup. A significant rise of ‘Dhoni chants’ during matches, and swarm of questions on social media about the icon’s possible return is observed. However, Ravi Shastri, Team India’s head coach has finally come up with an answer.
Dhoni has not donned the Indian jersey since the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup. Although he has utilized his leave from Cricket by training with the Indian Army Para SF in Kashmir and playing golf with teammate Kedar Jadhav, the 38 year old recently opened up about the possible time of his return to the team.
“January tak mat poocho (don’t ask me till January),” Mahi spoke to reporters at an event in Mumbai back in November. And now, Ravi Shastri has followed up with a statement.
In a conversation with India Today Consulting Editor Boria Majumdar in the ‘India Today Inspiration’ episodic series, Shastri opened up about the Dhoni situation.
“That guy is a legend. The last thing he will want is to impose himself on an Indian team, having known him. He is wanting to take a break but he is going to play the IPL,”
The 57 year old expects Dhoni’s decision to return will be on hold till the commencement of the 2020 Indian Premier League, and nobody should speculate until that.
The amount of sport he has played… if he puts himself in contention… if he feels after the IPL that ‘I am good enough to play for India’, don’t mess around with that,” he added.
Dhoni, who captains Chennai Super Kings, will be under high scrutiny during the 2020 IPL by the selection board, and will have a hand in his entry into the T20 World Cup squad next year.
The 2011 World Cup winner has been under heavy criticism in the near past for his lackluster form and clumsiness with the bat, and his name was listed out from the T20 squad that played against Bangladesh recently. His last appearance in the format was in February versus Australia.