MS Dhoni’s a lot-anticipated comeback with the IPL could not occur anytime quickly in mild of the quick-spreading COVID-19 pandemic however his childhood coach Keshav Ranjan Banerjee stays hopeful that the ageing cricketing hero will discover a place in India’s T20 World Cup. The profitable T20 event’s 2020 version, which had already been postponed to April 15, is on the verge of cancellation with the nation in a 21-day nationwide lockdown starting Wednesday to fight the unfold of coronavirus.
Dhoni has been out of motion since India’s semifinal exit within the World Cup in July last yr. “In the current scenario, IPL looks unlikely and we will have to wait for BCCI’s call. His (Dhoni’s) position will become tough obviously. But my sixth sense says he will get a chance in the T20 World Cup, which will be his last,” Banerjee advised PTI from Ranchi.
The Chennai Super Kings captain educated in Ranchi within the lead as much as IPL 2020 and in addition led their coaching camp in Chennai earlier than the league was postponed as a result of outbreak of coronavirus. “I spoke to him last after he returned from Chennai and I’m in fixed contact along with his dad and mom. He’s doing his health coaching and is totally match.
“Now let’s look forward to the BCCI’s choice. There’s no event. ICC tournaments are off until June. So we will have to attend and see.” Head coach Ravi Shastri had earlier mentioned the IPL would determine the destiny of Dhoni, who will flip 39 in July.
But with IPL about to get shelved this yr, the Indian greats together with that of Sunil Gavaskar and Virender Sehwag, had raised a query mark on the return of the 2011 World Cup successful skipper.
“True that he has not played a tournament (since July 2019) but for someone with 538 International matches, I don’t think it would take much time to adjust.” “It would have been a different scenario for a beginner. But it’s not the case with Dhoni he has got a wealth of experience. I think he will get a last chance,” maintained Banerjee.
“He is fully fit and trained in Chennai for a week or so. Now everything is closed in Ranchi, earlier he would train at the JSCA. But now he’s confined at home and making use of the facilities at home. He has a gym, a badminton court, and a running corridor.” “I’m sure BCCI (presient, selectors, captain) are aware of the scenario. They will make the announcement when it’s the right time,” Banerjee added.