Virender Sehwag believes that MS Dhoni won’t find it easy to force his way back into the Indian team because of the current team composition. With Dhoni out of action, India have tried out the likes of Rishabh Pant and KL Rahul as the wicketkeeper-batsman and the latter has been really impressive. At first Pant was tried out but he squandered the chances before the team-management handed the wicketkeeping gloves to Rahul.
And with Rahul going strong and Pant in the team too, Sehwag believes that things are looking bad for Dhoni. The 38-year old has not played a single competitive game since the end of the World Cup last year. Dhoni would have made a return to competitive cricket later this month through the IPL but the competition has been suspended till April 15 in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
The IPL 2020 was supposed to be Dhoni’s much-awaited comeback, which as per coaches and ex-players, could have made his road to India recall easier. But with uncertainty over the tournament this year, Dhoni’s plans might have taken a big hit. And amidst all these, Sehwag believes that with Rahul and Pant in the team, there is no place for Dhoni.
“Where will he fit in? With the likes of Rishabh Pant and KL Rahul already in form, especially the latter performing exceptionally well of late, I think there is no reason why we should not stick with them,” Sehwag was quoted as saying by India.com.
Virender Sehwag defends Virat Kohli
Virender Sehwag also leapt in the defence of Virat Kohli who has been facing criticism for his poor outings in New Zealand. The India skipper failed miserably in the ODI and the Test series as India were whitewashed by the hosts in both the series. However, Sehwag said that there is nothing to worry about while insisting that New Zealand were the superior team during the series.
“He [Kohli] is a class batsman but that has happened to all the great batsmen in different eras be it Sachin Tendulkar, Steven Waugh, Jacques Kallis or Ricky Ponting,” Sehwag said.. “We must admit that the Kiwis were superior to us in the ODIs and Tests. In the T20s, Kiwis lost close matches. In the shortest format it is always difficult to make a quick comeback.”
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