Team India’s much-awaited squads for the upcoming West Indies tour were announced on Sunday and MS Dhoni‘s name was missing from both ODI and T20I teams. On Saturday, the news broke through that the veteran had made himself unavailable for the tour and since the World Cup, a lot is being said about his retirement. Expectedly, the chief selector MSK Prasad was asked a question on Dhoni’s retirement when he addressed the media.
Various reports have surfaced over the last couple of weeks speculating the MS Dhoni’s future and it was reported that the experienced player will be part of the team to groom Rishabh Pant. People close to him claimed that he will be playing the T20 World Cup next year while Dhoni’s parents wanted him to retire. However, MSK Prasad is of the opinion that taking a retirement is purely an individual call.
He also stressed the fact that a player of the stature of MS Dhoni understands when to call it quits. “A legend like MS Dhoni knows when to retire. Retirement is a purely individual call,” MSK Prasad said when asked about the 38-year-old’s retirement.
We’ve laid down a few more plans
There is no doubt that MS Dhoni has played his last game at the World Cup and Rishabh Pant will take over the gloves from him when the former will retire. MSK Prasad cleared that they have laid down a few plans and one of them is grooming Pant. He also cleared that Dhoni made himself unavailable for the West Indies which clears the air about him being dropped.
“He’s unavailable for this series but we had certain roadmaps&plans till WC. Subsequently, we’ve laid down a few more plans&thought of giving as many opportunities to Pant & to see he is groomed. This is our plan right now,” the chief selector further added. With Team India set to face South Africa from September 15, anything about MS Dhoni’s future will be known before that series now.
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