MS Dhoni has been dropped from the Indian side for the first time after he attained a legendary status. He will not feature in the T20I series against West Indies at home and Australia later this year. The decision to “rest” Dhoni might just be the first sign of selectors trying to phase out the maverick former captain in at least one format.
After all, they now have the luxury of trying out a dashing young stumper in the form of Rishabh Pant who has been making waves with his batting since his debut series in England. A veteran of 93 T20Is, Dhoni has 1487 runs in the format at a strike rate of 127. However, at more than 37 years of age, his reflexes are not quite the same as they used to be when he was hitting sixes at will against the opposition bowlers.
Despite being a sharp planner and a safe and agile hand behind the stumps, Mahi has been struggling to finish matches with the bat, something that came naturally to him at his peak and made him a modern legend. There is no doubt that his place in next year’s ICC World Cup is safe but as far as the World T20 in 2020 is concerned, it might be too far-fetched a dream for Dhoni now.