MS Dhoni takes two-month Break from cricket. Now Virat Kohli wants that he is not retired from international cricket till Rishabh pant as a groom as the youngsters.
“It was only after Virat (Kohli) advised Dhoni not to quit immediately that the latter changed his mind,” said a source close to Kohli to DNA.
“Virat feels that Dhoni has no fitness issues and can continue till the T20 World Cup next year if required by the team. The logic is that while grooming Pant, the Indian think-tank does not want any other wicketkeeper in the team. And, if Pant suffers any injury or loss of form during this time, then Dhoni can easily come in without any issues,” added the source.
“All these names can’t replace the experience of Dhoni when it comes to playing in a big tournament. Dhoni’s guidance has always been welcomed by Virat and that’s why he wants him to be around for some more time till the team is settled,” the source said.
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“The T20 World Cup (to be held in Australia from October 18 to November 15, 2020) will only be about four months away from next IPL season. If the team management feels that his services are required, and then why not have him in the mix till then?” the source said.
According to a top BCCI official, MS Dhoni takes rest from cricket because of his finger injury.
“The contract may be in danger if he makes himself unavailable despite being fit. If he is continued to be ignored by selectors during the remainder of his contract, which will expire on March 2020, then certainly his Grade A category could be in danger,” said the official. “The final decision in such contractual matters is taken by BCCI (COA in this case) in consultation with the team management and selectors.”