Indian cricket team batting coach, Vikram Rathour, speaking on the eve of the third T20I between India and New Zealand, confirmed that Indian management has identified the core team for the World T20 later this year. Vikram Rathour added that you won’t see many changes to the team that is currently playing in New Zealand unless there is some injury or a serious dip in the form of a player.
“Adjustments will keep going on till the last minute. But as far as I am concerned and the team management is concerned, we have the core. We know what our team is going to be. Unless there is a case of injury or really bad loss in form, I don’t see many changes happening,” said Rathour. If Rathour’scomment are something to go by, MS Dhoni’s day in blue are none but over.
KL Rahul’s emergence as a multi-dimension player also makes the matter worse for the former Indian Captain. With Rishabh Pant waiting in the wings, it is highly unlike that the team management will opt for a third wicket-keeper.
India’s middle order is almost sorted out now, with Shreyas Iyer has almost made the No.4 position his own and Pandya and Jadeja / Washington Sundar are sureties at No. 6 and No. 7 respectively. And there is just one spot of No.5 position that can go to anyone among Manish Pandey, Shivam Dube and Rishabh Pant. But as far as Dhoni is concerned, Indian management, with a plethora of options already available, won’t be looking at him as their possible no.5.
Meanwhile, MS Dhoni, the Chennai Super Kings Captain and former India Captain has finally started his training for the mega tournament starting in the end of March. The legend is gearing up to make a comeback to the field again though this time from a long sabbatical.
The IPL this year is going to have more importance for Dhoni and his fans. A good performance in this IPL will gave him an outside chance to make a late entry in the World T20 plans of team India. While an average performance could well end his career for the men in Blue.