MS Dhoni was going through a rough patch in his career but his significant contributions whenever the team needed him can’t be ignored.
With BCCI chief selectors confirming that fitness would be a priority for team selection in future, the Indian players are seen to give much time to their fitness regime. MS Dhoni after getting included in the squad for five matches ODI series against Sri Lanka proved his worth.
In the second ODI at Pallakelle, Dhoni played a savior innings with Bhuvneswar Kumar putting up an 8th wicket 100 stands when India was 131/7. Even in the third ODI when India lost some early wickets it was Rohit’s12th ODI century and Dhoni’s half ton that again saved the day and India won by six wickets.
“I don’t think anyone can replace Dhoni at this point of time. Rishabh Pant is good but he would also need time to replace him. But that can only happen after 2019. It’s then when we should think about Dhoni’s replacement. Till then let Pant gain experience,” Sehwag said.
There are questions that arose around that Dhoni might not make it to 2019 World Cup but present situations might let the fans and selectors think otherwise.
“We should not worry about whether Dhoni is scoring runs or not. We should only pray that MS Dhoni is fit till 2019 World Cup. The experience that he has in the middle and the lower middle order, no one has that,” said Sehwag, who is a part of Star Sports panel for the upcoming limited overs series against Australia.
“Like life, the beauty of sports is that no two periods are identical. You will have to deal with it. There are days when you make runs and there will be a dry spell. Like in business, every year you don’t make profits,” he concluded.