Former Indian skipper, MS Dhoni is arguably the one the most legendary cricketers to have ever played the game, the game has ever known but in the twilight years of his career, he has attracted a lot of criticism because of his low scoring rate and sluggish innings.
According to latest reports, Dhoni was expected to announce retirement after India’s exit from World Cup 2019 and now he has made himself unavailable for the limited-overs leg of India’s upcoming full tour of the West Indies.
As per the reports of Times of India, one of their sources in BCCI said, “MS will not go to the West Indies. Going forward, he will not travel with the team within India or overseas as the first-choice wicketkeeper. Rishabh Pant will take over and there will be a grooming window for him until he settles down. During this time, MS will help in the transition. For all you know, he could be part of the 15 but not part of the 11. This team needs a guiding hand on multiple fronts and wishing MS away is clearly unhealthy.”
The report added that Dhoni will be the part of the team only to participate in a “transitioning phase”, During the recently-concluded World Cup 2019, India almost justified their favorites tag by winning seven of the eight matches with the one against New Zealand getting called off due to rain. The men in blue topped the table with 15 points as they lost a match to England.
During the tournament, Dhoni went on to amass 273 runs in eight innings but his 50-run knock in the semi-final against New Zealand wasn’t enough to help India cross the finish line.
The Indian team will be touring to West Indies next month and the squad for the same is expected to be announced on July 19 with the limited-overs leg beginning on August 3.