Cricket - Featured - April 20, 2020

Would want Dhoni to be in T20 World Cup squad, Says Srikkanth

Former India cricketer Kris Srikkanth said he is a huge fan and believer of MS Dhoni. He added that he would like to see the wicket-keeper batsman as a part of the Indian T20 World Cup squad.

The T20 World Cup is scheduled to be played in Australia in October-November this year. Dhoni was expected to stage a comeback in this year’s IPL. However, the tournament has been indefinitely postponed.

If the IPL does not take place this year, then Dhoni’s selection will be in major doubt.

Talking about Dhoni’s future, Srikkanth told ANI: “Dhoni has done a lot for Indian cricket, but the last ball of yesterday is all history, you start from scratch the next day, if he plays the T20 World Cup, there will be a microscope on him. We have freedom of speech so anybody can give an opinion, I am not Sunil Joshi (national selector) so I cannot decide. I am a fan of Dhoni so I would like to see him in the squad, but it is not my call“.

However, Srikkanth also that if the IPL does not take place, it would really be difficult for Dhoni to make a comeback.

KL Rahul or Rishabh Pant could edge out Dhoni, Says Srikkanth

Would want Dhoni to be in T20 World Cup squad, Says Srikkanth
KL Rahul and Rishabh Pant

Srikkanth also said that KL Rahul and Rishabh Pant now have enough white-ball experience. They can very well edge out Dhoni when it comes to selection for the T20 World Cup.

I would say I am lucky that I am not a selector. The world knows that Dhoni last played during the 2019 World Cup. By the looks of it, it looks like IPL would not be happening soon. If there is no IPL and if India directly goes into T20 World Cup in Australia, how will selectors choose Dhoni? The only thing that could come in his favour is that he has played a lot for the country, but this looks highly improbable according to me,” Srikkanth said.

Both Rahul and Pant have been a regular part of white-ball squad so that this can go in their favour. The odds are stacked up against Dhoni, but he can spring a surprise. The dilemma is with the spectators, it will be a huge challenge. It would be a tough call, personally I think it is stacked against Dhoni. It is a monumental task, knowing the sentiments of cricket followers in the country, it would be difficult for the selectors. If the selectors stick their neck out for Dhoni and if he doesn’t perform and we do not win the World Cup, it can bring a lot of criticism towards the team and selectors,” Srikkanth added.

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