Has MSD already played his last match in Indian colours?
With a sword of cancellation hanging on IPL 2020 due to the COVID-19 outbreak, MS Dhoni’s India future has started looking bleaker.
In an ideal world, you would have gotten off your bed, grabbed the newspaper and would have been reading about IPL 2020 getting off to a glittering start in Mumbai. The news of the Indian cricket festival commencing would have thrilled the nation. But alas! It isn’t an ideal world. It’s a world where the COVID-19 has taken over our way of life. Everything has come to a standstill. And so has the magnificent Indian Premier League (IPL).
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the scheduled start of the IPL 2020 has already been postponed. And with the situation that prevails, it won’t be a surprise if the 13th edition of the cash-rich T20 league gets canceled altogether. Cancelation of IPL 2020 will put a massive question mark over the great MS Dhoni’s India future.
Highlights! Are MSD’s days in cricket already over?
- IPL 2020 is expected to be the last chance for Dhoni to push his case for an international comeback.
- Sunil Gavaskar and Virender Sehwag believe that MSD India days are now over.
- However, Dhoni’s childhood coach believes that he will make a comeback into the Indian team.
Is IPL 2020 the last hope for MSD?
Team India’s semi-final loss in the 2019 World Cup against New Zealand was MS Dhoni’s last international appearance for the team. The former Indian captain hasn’t played professional cricket for nine months now. The IPL 2020 was expected to be the stage which could have revived his international future and brought him in contention for the T20 World Cup in Australia later this year.
This IPL would have been a perfect chance for Dhoni to get back into the groove. It would have been the perfect opportunity for Dhoni to show the world why Rishabh Pant and KL Rahul can be asked to wait for one more ICC tournament. But will MSD get this one chance?
What do the experts believe?
Many former Indian greats and experts of the game believe that without an IPL, it will be impossible for MSD to make a comeback into the Indian team. Former Indian great Sunil Gavaskar, an admirer of Dhoni, firmly believes that the 38-year-old’s international career is now over. He said that time has not been in favour of MSD.
“I would definitely like to see Dhoni in India’s World Cup squad but it’s highly unlikely that it is going to happen. The team has moved on.” – Sunil Gavaskar on Dhoni’s future
Former Indian World Cup-winning captain Kapil Dev and Dhoni’s former teammate Virender Sehwag also echoed Gavaskar’s words. Both believe that if the T20 World Cup is held this year (subject to normalcy in this situation), then MSD may not be a part of the team.
MSD’s childhood coach still optimistic
Amidst all the negativities surrounding Dhoni’s future, his childhood coach Keshav Ranjan Banerjee, however, remains unperturbed. IPL or no IPL, Banerjee is confident that his pupil will make it into the T20 World Cup team.
“In the current scenario, IPL looks unlikely and we will have to wait for BCCI’s call. Dhoni’s position will become tough obviously. But my sixth sense says that he will get a chance in the T20 World Cup, which will be his last.” – Dhoni’s childhood coach Keshav Ranjan Banerjee
However, Banerjee’s optimism doesn’t take into account the words of Sunil Joshi, the new Indian team chief selector. Joshi had clearly stated that Dhoni would be back in the reckoning only if he has a good IPL.
Are Dhoni’s India days over?
With the country already under a 21-day lockdown, even a rescheduled start of the IPL on 15th April looks in danger as of now. Also, the number of COVID-19 cases in India is on the rise and this may lead to an extended lockdown. And should this happen, an IPL cancellation will be evident. It might lead to the famous ‘Jersey No. 7’ going down into the hall of fame forever.
Has MSD already played his last match in Indian colours? This is a question every Indian cricket fan wants an answer to.