The life as Indian Cricket chief selector isn’t an easy one. One has to fend off a lot many questions while keep on providing the solution of problems. The newly recruited selection committee members, in the form of Sunil Joshi and Harvinder Singh, are bound to face questions regarding MS Dhoni’s future in Blue. And the decision about MSD’s future could be potentially their first massive call after being nominated the successor of MSK Prasad and GaganKhoda respectively.
On Sunday, the Joshi led Panel picked the team for upcoming home series against South Africa. After picking the team, Sunil Joshi, chairman of selectors clarified that Dhoni will “have to perform” in the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) if he wishes to feature in the T20 World Cup in Australia later this year.
A BCCI source was also quoted saying, “It was a pretty straightforward selection meeting and since Dhoni was obviously not in the reckoning this time (for South Africa series), there was no formal talk about his future,” to PTI.
“He will be back in the reckoning only if he has a good IPL. And why only him, there are so many senior and young players who will play in the IPL. If they do well, they are ought to be considered too. So, you could see some surprise inclusions,” the source added.
The former Indian captain’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.
But with KL Rahul being groomed as a full time wicket keeper, one thing is sure that if Dhoni is looking to make a comeback to the International Cricket the upcoming IPL season is going to be a critical one. And if Dhoni manages to pull off one more good season under his belt, Dhoni might still have an outside chance of making it to India’s ICC T20I World Cup 2020 squad.