The BCCI is expected to announce the squad for the West Indies series in the next 48 hours. India is expected to play 3 T20s, 3 ODIs and 2 test matches starting from 03 August. Rumours suggest that India will rest a number of key players who are in need of a break after the World Cup.
Some of the players that are expected to be rested are captain Virat Kohli, J Bumrah, H Pandya and MS Dhoni. The big question is whether the selectors are resting Dhoni or dropping Dhoni?
Dhoni Asked To Retire Gracefully
There were a lot of rumours towards the end of the World Cup that MS Dhoni was going to retire from ODI cricket once the World Cup was done. No such retirement announcement has been made and hence the selectors are put in a tough spot. If they choose not to select Dhoni for the West Indies tour, they need to confirm to the public if the former Indian captain has been rested or dropped.
MS Dhoni received a lot of criticism for his performance in the World Cup. Two matches in particular stand out. The first was against England which India ended up losing. Dhoni and K Jadhav took only singles in the death overs and refused to go for the big shots. K Jadhav was dropped after that game but MS Dhoni continued to play.
The semi-final against New Zealand also saw MS Dhoni not go for the big shots as he preferred to give R Jadeja all the responsibility – something that Indian fans found hard to understand. Many believe MS Dhoni who is now 38 should call it a day and give way for the likes of R Pant to take over in all formats.
Dhoni Has Nothing Left To Prove
An inside source who preferred to be anonymous said “We are surprised to see that he has not done it so far (retirement). Dhoni isn’t the same batsman anymore. Despite coming in at number 6 or number 7, he was struggling to force the pace and it was hurting the team.”
The source went on to say that MS Dhoni has nothing left to achieve in ODI cricket and the time has come for him to take a call or let the selectors take the call for him.