MSK Prasad’s journey as an Indian Cricket team selector was not an easy one. During his tenure, Prasad led selection panel had to made some tuff calls like moving on from stalwarts like MS Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh along with facing severe criticism for some of their calls.
Now, after vacating his position as Indian Chief Selector, MSK Prasad has opened up on how he handled the Dhoni dilemma after the World Cup 2019. Recalling his conversation with the legendary captain, Prasad said, “I am very very clear. I made it very very clear. We had a discussion and mahi didn’t want to play for sometime, so we moved on and then picked up Rishabh Pant and we’ve been backing him,” in an interview to Fancode.
MS Dhoni’s case has been a curious one since 2019 World Cup semi-final. The wicket-keeper batsman took an indefinite sabbatical from cricket right after the semi-final loss against New Zealand and has not represented man in blue since then.
After the World Cup 2019, Pant has been given ample opportunities by Indian team in quest for a young dynamic replacement of MSD. The youngster has been given numerous chances across formats in this period but Pant never came close to making the spot his own in any format.
In the meantime, a fit again Wriddhiman Saha has returned to the Test fold and KL Rahul’s new Avatar, as Wicket-keeper batsman in limited overs cricket, has almost shut the gates for him for the time being.
MSK Prasad, though, also indicated that IPL 2020 could have been a better chance to push his case for MS Dhoni, but now, the uncertainty over IPL 2020’s future has made the situation tricky.
“Now, that KL also has done extremely well in limited-overs that he played in NZ, so, it would’ve been nice had this IPL held and we would’ve seen Mahi’s old glimpses back but now it’s a tricky situation,” Prasad added.