Former Indian skipper, MS Dhoni made himself unavailable for the upcoming tour of West Indies as he has decided to train with the Territorial Army battalion of the parachute regiment. After Team India got knocked out of the semi-final of the recently concluded ICC World Cup 2019, speculation started growing surrounding Dhoni’s retirement. However, he instead opted out of the tour of the West Indies.
The Indian selection committee headed by MSK Prasad announced the 15-member squads for the Windies tour on Sunday where the chief selector said that Dhoni was unavailable for the series and Rishabh Pant would be the lone wicketkeeper-batsman in the limited-overs format as they are planning to groom the youngster for the future.
While Dhoni’s decision to serve time in the military has been receiving praises from cricket fans all across the world, former England cricketer David Lloyd used a laughing emoji after it was revealed that Dhoni will not be a part of the Indian squad.
— David 'Bumble' Lloyd (@BumbleCricket) July 20, 2019
After David Lloyd’s tweet, former England cricketer was immensely trolled on Twitter by fans of Dhoni. Here are some of the reactions:
He is a real World Cup winner. But,you paid and https://t.co/DsHcTFaezl,you got the World Cup.
— Gopal krish (@Gopalak90960166) July 22, 2019
What's funny is that he's only an honorary Lieutenant Colonel and I think jumped off a plane once.
— Hasham (@defactopitbull) July 20, 2019
why even this cartoon character of @lancscricket is laughing?! You with less than 20 international matches, and whole career scores not even half of @msdhoni's! What's your eligibility other than earning bread describing players like MSD?!
— Mubashir (@rubusmubu) July 22, 2019
Dont u have Any Sense Do u want 2 laugh means please look mirror and laugh
— venki7 (@Smart_Smasher) July 22, 2019
On Sunday, the selection panel announced that Virat Kohli will be leading the Indian team all formats. The big news from the selection was that fit-again Shikhar Dhawan is back in the squad for all the limited-overs leg of the tour. Apart from him, the veteran all-rounder, Ravindra Jadeja, who had some brilliant outings with the bat and the ball in the limited opportunities he got in the World Cup 2019, has been picked for every format.
India’s tour of West Indies will include three T20 internationals, three One-Day Internationals, and two Test matches.