Amid all the speculations about MS Dhoni’s future in blue jersey, former Indian Wicketkeeper, Deep Dasgupta has gave his opinion on the current scenario. Dasgupta, who represented India during 2001 to 2006, said that since MS Dhoni has not played any kind of cricket in past 9 months, it would be very difficult for the champion player to stage a national comeback.
“See, MS Dhoni has not played competitive cricket for close to 9 months now. He played the World Cup and he has not played since. I don’t know or no one has seen him play in the last 9 months. On what basis can a call be taken?” Deep Dasgupta said.
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.
Dasgupta also opined that MS Dhoni should have played some domestic cricket during the sabbatical he took from international cricket as playing domestic had not only helped him get his touch back but also it would have kept him in the fray for international call up.
“Ideally, he should have played domestic cricket. I can understand if he did not want to play Ranji Trophy. He could have played Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy and Vijay Hazare Trophy. He should be playing matches,” he added.
“If you’re talking about 9 months, then go back to 1 year, go back to 2 years. You can even bring Viru [Virender Sehwag] back you can even bring Sachin [Tendulkar] back,” Dasgupta said.
“He has to play. If he is good enough, if he is able to do the job, then he can take his place in the side. But then again, we have not seen him play. If he had played the domestic tournaments, then his time away would have been just more than 3 months. That’s fine but not playing for more than 9 months, it’s difficult to take a call,” he concluded.
“KL Rahul should play all 3 formats. He is a quality batsman and a good wicketkeeper. My assessment is he is a must-have in the T20 side. Look, we are talking about 2 T20 World Cups and he is an important part of the Indian T20 side,” Deep Dasgupta told indiatoday.in.