Stating that MS Dhoni’s probabilities of making it to the Indian staff for T20 World Cup later this yr will probably be slim if IPL doesn’t occur, former India opener Gautam Gambhir named an ‘apt’ substitute for the previous India skipper. Lauding KL Rahul for his current laurels each with the bat and with the gloves behind the stumps, Gambhir mentioned the correct-hander will be the one to interchange Dhoni in the Indian T20 side.
“The apt substitute for Dhoni could possibly be KL Rahul. Ever since he has donned the wicketkeeper’s gloves in white-ball cricket, I’ve seen his efficiency, each batting and wicketkeeping.
“Obviously, his protecting is inferior to Dhoni’s, however if you’re taking a look at T20 cricket, Rahul’s a utility participant, can hold and bat at No. three or 4,” Gambhir mentioned whereas talking on Star Sports’ ‘Cricket Connected’ present.
Rahul was given the job of protecting wickets after Rishabh Pant was injured throughout an ODI in opposition to Australia. Ever since, Rahul has not allowed even Pant to get his spot again in the side with some energy-pakced performances in India’s tour to New Zealand.
Further elaborating Dhoni’s present place, Gambhir mentioned, “If the IPL doesn’t occur this yr, then it would turn into very troublesome for MS Dhoni to make a comeback. On what foundation can he be chosen since he’s not been taking part in for the final one or one and a half yr.
“If the IPL doesn’t occur, then MS Dhoni’s probabilities for a comeback look dim. Ultimately, you’re representing India, so whoever dishes out the perfect efficiency and may win the match for India ought to play for the staff,” he added.
Dhoni has not performed for India for the reason that 2019 World Cup the place the Men in Blue needed to a face a coronary heart-wrenching defeat in opposition to New Zealand in the semi-finals.
Earlier India head coach Ravi Shastri had earlier mentioned that Dhoni’s comeback to the nationwide staff will rely upon his efficiency in the IPL which at present stands suspended and the probabilities it being performed in the close to future are very grim amid the coronavirus pandemic.
(With company inputs)