The situation caused by COVID-19 pandemic has been getting more and more dangerous with each passing day. The whole world has come a halt. All the Industrial, Social and Sports activities have been barred completely.
The subcontinent has been locked down till 14th April. And with that all the major sports tournament including IPL 2020 have been postponed for indefinite time for now. The cancellation of IPL 2020 could have a large impact on the Team India combination for the upcoming World T20 in Australia. A number of possible contenders, especially MS Dhoni, were looking to make a comeback to the International team through IPL 2020.
With the chances of IPL 2020 looking very grim, it will be really difficult for former Indian Captain to stage a comeback in the international team, especially for a tournament as large as World T20. MS Dhoni has not represented India since the Semi-final in ICC World Cup 2019.
However, MS Dhoni’s childhood coach Keshav Ranjan Banerjee believes that MS will surely make it to the World Cup team.
Speaking to the India Today Banerjee said, “In the current scenario, IPL looks unlikely and we will have to wait for BCCI’s call. His (Dhoni’s) position will become tough obviously. But my sixth sense says he will get a chance in the T20 World Cup, which will be his last.
“I spoke to him last after he returned from Chennai and I’m in constant touch with his parents. He’s doing his fitness training and is fully fit. Now let’s wait for the BCCI’s decision. There’s no tournament. ICC tournaments are off till June. So we will have to wait and see.”
Banerjee also emphasised that MS Dhoni should make it to the World Cup team for the tremendous amount of experience he has. Banerjee was also quick to eliminate the lack of practice factor he said, “Dhoni may not have played any competitive game since July but his coach things that considering he has played as many as 538 International games, it wouldn’t take much time for him to come back into the groove.
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“True that he has not played a tournament (since July 2019) but for someone with 538 International matches, I don’t think it would take much time to adjust. It would have been a different scenario for a beginner. But it’s not the case with Dhoni he has got a wealth of experience. I think he will get a last chance.”
Before adding, “He is fully fit and trained in Chennai for a week or so. Now everything is closed in Ranchi, earlier he would train at the JSCA. But now he’s confined at home and making use of the facilities at home. He has a gym, a badminton court, and a running corridor. I’m sure BCCI (president, selectors, captain) are aware of the scenario. They will make the announcement when it’s the right time.”