All speculation and not much substance as the debate over MS Dhoni’s future with the Indian team continues. The selection committee chief MSK Prasad also left the decision entirely up to the legendary cricketer, while specifically clarifying that the board intends to give ‘as many opportunities to Rishabh Pant as possible’. Amid such a scenario, it is know being reported that Dhoni has been told ‘not to retire’ until Pant is ready.
The upcoming India tour of West Indies will see Pant taking over the wicket-keeper’s role from Dhoni in limited-overs cricket and in all-likeliness, hold his spot behind the stumps in the Test format despite the return of Wriddhiman Saha. Dhoni, meanwhile, will be spending this time with the parachute regiment, having taken a sabbatical from cricket to spend some time with the Indian army.
The recently concluded ICC World Cup 2019 had seen Pant taking one of the outfield roles in the team while Dhoni donned the wicket-keeping gloves. It was expected that the wicket-keeper will hang up his boots after the showpiece event concludes in England & Wales but the subject has instead lingered on, with not much clarity as to what the 2011 World Cup-winning Indian captain plans to do next.
However, Dhoni has been told by the team management to not quit for as long as Pant is being groomed. With virtually no second feasible option for the BCCI, Dhoni’s availability will give the team an insurance policy (especially for the T20 World Cup) in a case where an injury or similarly circumstances rule Pant out.