The BCCI released the squads for the Australia ODI series and the limited-overs leg in New Zealand on Monday. Earlier, when India was playing against the Windies, Dhoni was a notable absentee from the T20I squad and this led to many speculations regarding the 36 year-old’s future in the shortest format of the game. The wicket-keeper batsman did not feature in the three match T20I series against Australia as well.
One of the major development came in the form of Dhoni’s inclusion in the T20I squad that will play against the Kiwis, once the Tour down under gets over. Dhoni’s inclusion puts aside any doubts regarding the end of the road for the former skipper in the shortest format of the game.
“With regards to MS, even while resting also, we categorically told that he’s going to be rested for the six matches so that we can give more game time to Dinesh Karthik and Rishabh Pant. That was the very reason and now that they have played quite a few matches, we thought that we have to bring MS back into the squad,” Prasad was quoted as saying in Cricbuzz.
While Pant wasn’t at his best in the ODI series against the Windies, he has been sidelined for the ODI series against the Aussies. India has persisted with Dinesh Karthik for the limited overs tour in New Zealand. Dhoni has been struggling to find some form with the bat of late and it’s evident that the World Cup-winning skipper’s batting prowess is on a decline. In the IPL earlier this year, Dhoni was at his destructive best when he finished and won quite a few games for his side. It was a good tournament for him as a skipper as well as CSK lifted the title for a record third time.