MS Dhoni’s recent form has been a point of worry for some time now and especially with the World Cup not too far away. Dhoni has already quit Test cricket and recently, he was not even picked for Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) against West Indies and Australia, signalling perhaps a goodbye to the shortest format too.
Dhoni is no more the finisher he was once was and in fact these days, the former India captain even struggles to time the ball perfectly. However, Dhoni does not wish to test his abilities in the ongoing Ranji Trophy for Jharkhand with reports stating that he does not wish to block a spot in the Jharkhand team as he doesn’t play Test cricket anymore.
Former India skipper Sunil Gavaskar, who represented Bombay at the domestic circuit, feels the next few months will be crucial for Dhoni with the World Cup fast approaching. “He (Dhoni) didn’t play the T20Is against Australia, before that he didn’t play the West Indies Tests, and then he is not playing the Test series against Australia.
So, he last played in October and will next play in January, which is a huge gap. But if he doesn’t do well on tours of Australia and New Zealand, then there will be more questions asked on his place in the World Cup,” Gavaskar said.