Chennai Super Kings’ physio Tommy Simsek gave an perception into skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s coaching regime and he insisted the wicket-keeper-batsman is ‘determined’ to seal a spot in India’s squad for ICC T20 World Cup later this yr.
Simsek revealed Dhoni was getting ready arduous for the 13th version of the Indian Premier League (IPL) earlier than the beginning of the event was postponed until April 15 from its unique date March 29 as a result of coronavirus pandemic.
The CSK physio said he noticed Dhoni preserving throughout Chennai’s pre-event observe session this yr, one thing which he hasn’t performed in an extended time. He believes that Dhoni was making an attempt to get again into groove contemplating he hasn’t performed any sort for cricket since India’s defeat by the hands of New Zealand in ICC World Cup 2019 semi-ultimate.
“First time I saw him keep wickets in 10 years. That shows how determined he was to play in the T20 World Cup,” Simsek stated in Star Sports present ‘Cricket Connected’.
Former India cricketer and chief selector Krishnamachari Srikkanth, nevertheless, feels if the IPL doesn’t happen then Dhoni mustn’t go to the World Cup as India’s first-choice stumper. He believes that Rahul will take up the place behind the stumps in Australia if this yr’s IPL will get referred to as off.
“I am not going to be diplomatic. I am talking about if I was the chairman of the selection committee, what would I do. If the IPL does not happen then his chances are very, very bleak,” Srikkanth advised Star Sports.
“Because straightaway, in my opinion, KL Rahul would be the wicketkeeper-batsman. Rishabh Pant, I nonetheless suppose he is likely to be a little bit of a doubt, however I imagine that Rishabh Pant is extremely gifted.
“I wouldn’t thoughts taking him together with the squad, however positively if the IPL doesn’t occur, then Dhoni could have a troublesome time getting again into the group for the T20 World Cup,” he added.
“Let’s be very honest about it. He is absolutely fit, he is a legend, he is brilliant. I am a great fan of Dhoni myself. But the question is for the World Cup team. So you’ll have to put the Indian team first and then the individuals.”