The speculations about MS Dhoni’s future has been taking an eternity to die down. According to a latest report, the champion player wishes to participate in the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament in the upcoming season. Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy is India’s Premier Domestic T20 Tournament that plays a huge role in International as well as IPL selection.
MS Dhoni has not played the tournament since his maiden appearance in 2007 season when he amassed 123 runs in four matches representing his state Jharkhand. But according to a source, MS Dhoni expressed his desire to play with the Jharkhand State Cricket Association (JSCA).
“Dhoni has been training in the JSCA international complex now and then and has been in touch with JSCA officials,” a source was quoted as saying in Sportskeeda.
MS Dhoni has been planning to make an international comeback through a stellar IPL 2020. But now with the countrywide lockdown extending till 3 May, the chances of IPL 2020 looks very slim.
“He has expressed his interest to play Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy next year, even JSCA put forward the proposal to him. He has always expressed his interest in giving back to state cricket. He will take a decision post lockdown about this, there is no hurry either. He wants to be match ready for the IPL, and will use the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy as practice,” the source added.
Former Indian Captain has been the hot topic of debate ever since the 2019 World Cup. The champion player has not played any kind of Cricket since the loss against New Zealand in the semi-final of the Men’s ODI Cricket World Cup 2019. After the loss, Indian stalwart MS Dhoni took indefinite sabbatical from the game.
While it would be difficult to say what MS Dhoni has planned about his future but as he will be turning 39 in July this year, his chances of international comeback look quite bleak.