The BCCI on Monday announced the Indian member squad for the three match T20I series against New Zealand, starting from February 6. MS Dhoni made a comeback into the side as the designated wicketkeeper while Dinesh Karthik will be the back up wicketkeeper in the squad. The 15 man squad pretty much seems like the core team for the 2019 World Cup with less than six months to play before the tournament kick starts in England and Wales from May 30.
Dhoni was left out of the T20I squads for the three match T20I series against West Indies and Australia as the selectors felt the need to look for a second wicketkeeping option ahead of the 2019 World Cup. Dinesh Karthik and Rishabh Pant were both given opportunities to shine with the gloves behind the stumps but failed to leave a mark on the selectors which called for the comeback of the former Indian skipper.
Pant earned his maiden ODI callup in the ODI series against West Indies in October earlier this year. The 21 year old has been dropped from the ODI squad for the Australia and New Zealand series after some lackluster displays in limited overs fixtures against West Indies and Australia. Pant, however, has been retained for the T20I squad against New Zealand. Apart from Dhoni, Hardik Pandya and Kedar Jadhav have also managed to stake their claim back into the squad.
The news of MS Dhoni’s T20I comeback has taken social media by storm and fans took to Twitter to express their delight. While some admitted having goosebumps to see him back with the squad, others posted heartwarming tweets welcoming him into the team.
Here are some of the reactions:
— Krishna ?? (@skbala621) December 24, 2018
— Thala_Ak_I'm_Sk (@Im_Sk_YanN53) December 24, 2018
MS Dhoni is back in the T20I side???? pic.twitter.com/tgTfkHf6j0
— kush dhuvad (@kushdhuvad) December 24, 2018
MS Dhoni returns to India's squad?? pic.twitter.com/hxsO9E23gt
— KitKat (@Kitkatism7) December 24, 2018
MS Dhoni fans right now pic.twitter.com/kTjLvDfbck
— Akshay Sharma (@akshaygoutam7) December 24, 2018
— Aɴѕн. (@Ansh_MSDian) December 24, 2018
MS Dhoni back in T20 squad. pic.twitter.com/45SOZxPHZe
— Silly Point (@FarziCricketer) December 24, 2018