New Delhi: On Friday evening, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) selection committee led by MSK Prasad announced India’s T20I squads for the upcoming series against West Indies and Australia, and Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s name was missing.
The former captain was dropped for the first time in his career. Chief selector MSK Prasad announced, “He [Dhoni] is not going to play the six T20Is [West Indies and Australia] because we are looking at the second keeper’s slot. So I think we will retain Rishabh Pant and Dinesh Karthik. So they will be getting a chance to keep and bat. It is not the end of Dhoni in T20Is.”
“It is not the end of Dhoni in T20Is,” Prasad told the press.
“It’s a given that Dhoni won’t be around when next ICC World T20 happens in Australia in 2020. So, there wasn’t any point continuing with him if he will not play World T20,” a senior BCCI official privy to selection policy told PTI on Saturday.
MS Dhoni’s cricketing journey so far
- The right-handed batsman played his first ODI on December 23, 2004, against Bangladesh.
- A year later on December 2, 2005, India’s most successful captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni made his Test debut against Sri Lanka.
- Dhoni is also regarded as one of the best wicket-keepers in world cricket and is known to have very fast hands.
- Captain cool, as he is often called, has captained India in 60 Tests, winning 27 and losing 18 of them. He has scored 4,876 runs at an average of 38.09, with a career-best of 224 against Australia.
- Dhoni was named as the captain of the ICC World Test XI in 2009, 2010 and 2013. He has also been selected a record 8 times in ICC World ODI XI teams, 5 times as a captain.
- He led India to the ICC World Twenty 20 trophy winning over Pakistan in an intensely fought final in 2007, and became the second Indian captain to have won a World Cup in any form of cricket, after Kapil Dev.
- Under his captaincy, India won the World Cup in 2011 and reached the semifinals in 2015.
- On December 30, 2014, Mahendra Singh Dhoni announced his retirement from Test cricket.
- On February 18, 2018, Dhoni created a new wicketkeeping record of having taken 134 catches in 275 T20s against South Africa in the first T20I.
- In 2018, Dhoni played seven T20 Internationals with an unbeaten 52 off 28 balls against South Africa being the highlight.
- Dhoni has been the recipient of many awards, including the ICC ODI Player of the Year award in 2008 and 2009, the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award in 2007, the Padma Shri — India’s fourth highest civilian honour, in 2009 and the Padma Bhushan, India’s third highest civilian honour, in 2018.
- On November 1, 2011, the Indian Territorial Army conferred the honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel to Mahendra Singh Dhoni. He is the second Indian cricketer after Kapil Dev to receive this honour.
In the year 2011, Time magazine included Dhoni in its annual Time 100 list as one of the “Most Influential People in the World.”
Team India squad for the T20 series against West Indies:
Rohit Sharma (C), Shikhar Dhawan (VC), KL Rahul, Dinesh Karthik, Manish Pandey, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (WK), Krunal Pandya, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Bumrah, Khaleel Ahmed, Umesh Yadav, Shahbaz Nadeem
Team India squad for the T20 series against Australia:
Virat Kohli (C), Rohit (VC), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Dinesh Karthik, Rishabh Pant (WK), Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Washington Sundar, Krunal Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav, Khaleel Ahmed