Former India captain MS Dhoni’s future seems to be in real threat after chief selector MSK Prasad hinted so. The man who matters, the chief selector also goes on to explain the reason why Yuvraj Singh was omitted from the One Day International squad for Sri Lanka. Virat Kohli-led team India romped to victory in the third Test, creating history by clinching their first ever abroad Test whitewash. This will be a big boost for the team ahead of the 5-match ODI series.
It seems Ravichandran Ashwin and Ishant Sharma have been rested because they will travel to England to feature in County matches, which will get them used to the Duke ball, which will help the two bowlers who will be a part of the touring Indian team next year to England. It also seems like Cheteshwar Pujara and Ravindra Jadeja has also signed county contracts, though it is not clear with which team.
“Yuvraj Singh is rested, not dropped. We’ve started a policy where a set of players will be given chances for next 4-5 months,” Prasad said in a press conference in Colombo On Monday.
Strange as it may seem, but we surely do not buy your policy hogwash Mr Chairman (MSK Prasad). But it seems, in the larger picture Ravi Shastri and Virat Kohli are working well in tandem as coach and captain, this augurs well for the future of the Indian cricket team, which has a long home season ahead. Kohli in his post match interview made it crystal clear that the biggest find of the series has been Hardik Pandya. Pandya smashed a breathtaking 100 off 86 balls to set up the Indian win and rightly so was adjudicated the man of the match.
After explaining Yuvraj Singh’s omission, Prasad was asked about Dhoni and he replied:”You have been fair and I will be honest. Discussions happen about everybody. It is not just MS. When we pick, when we talk about combinations, we talk about everybody. You will also see in times to come.”
Asked about Dhoni’s future, the chairman said that it’s difficult to predict but till he is delivering for the team, it shouldn’t be a problem.
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“You never know. We don’t say it is an automatic thing (selection) but we will see. We are all stakeholders. We all want the Indian team to do well. If he is delivering, why not? If he is not, we will have to look at alternatives,” Prasad answered in a pragmatic manner.
He then drew the Andre Agassi analogy about how some players get better with age.
“I was just reading Andre Agassi’s autobiography ‘Open’, his life actually started after 30 years. Till then, he won two or three. His actual life started after that. He lived under the media pressure with the question “When are you going to retire?” But he played till 36 and he won so many Grand Slams.”