Updated: March 17, 2020 6:14:16 pm
The COVID-19 pandemic has introduced all home and worldwide cricket all over the world to a standstill, together with the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL). As a consequence, a number of gamers who have been trying to make a comeback within the T20 facet earlier than the World Cup backed by performances within the IPL have been left within the lurch because the future of the event stays unsure. But if there may be one cricketer for whom this version of the IPL is essential for a comeback into the nationwide crew, it’s Chennai Super Kings (CSK) captain and former India captain MS Dhoni.
Dhoni, who has not performed a single recreation for the reason that World Cup 2019 semi-final towards New Zealand, has remained tight-lipped about his future in worldwide cricket however the crew administration and the selectors have made it clear that solely a very good IPL efficiency can carry him again to the senior crew.
Last yr, in November, Team India head coach Ravi Shastri had informed IANS: “It all depends on when he starts playing and how he is playing during the IPL.”
“What are the other people doing with the wicketkeeping gloves or what is the form of those players as opposed to Dhoni’s form? The IPL becomes a massive tournament because that could be the last tournament after which more or less your 15 is decided,” the Indian coach had mentioned.
However, former Indian cricketer, Aakash Chopra doesn’t assume that Dhoni’s IPL kind was going to be a “critical factor” in his choice within the crew.
“For a player like Dhoni, IPL was never going to be a yardstick. If he had scored runs in the IPL, experts would have been like ‘select Dhoni’, ‘do this and do that’. MS Dhoni knows what he is doing, whether he wants to come back or not,” Chopra mentioned in a YouTube video whereas responding to a question by a fan who asked- ‘what about MS Dhoni’s future if IPL 2020 gets cancelled?’
“IPL, I don’t assume was a essential issue. If he needs to come back again, he’ll make himself obtainable, if the selectors determine to choose him, he might be picked routinely since you received’t get expertise in supermarkets.
“Dhoni is a hugely experienced player. If India needs MS Dhoni, then with or without IPL, he will come back,” he mentioned.
The 38-year-old former captain had reached Chennai a month earlier than the event that was earlier scheduled to kick-off on March 29. Dhoni, together with Suresh Raina, Murali Vijay, and others have been seen sweating it out at Chepauk in an try and reclaim the trophy however the coronavirus threat forced them to return home.
IPL’s 13th season has been suspended until April 15. A truncated IPL or a cancellation are potentialities. Cricket associations all over the world have both postponed or canceled main occasions within the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. The remaining resolution on IPL is but to be taken.
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