The T20I squads for the matches against West Indies and Australia have been announced and former Indian skipper’s exclusion from both of them has something to do with these players.
The selection committee came up with fresh and revised squads for series against West Indies at home and Australia overseas. Quite shockingly the perennial member of such formats, former Indian skipper, MS Dhoni had failed to secure a spot in both the squads. However, the exclusion is not that strange considering his abilities with the willow recently.
Although the captain cool is an important tool for the side taking into account his show behind the stumps and insights, he has not impressed with his scintillating batting abilities for which he used to be feared earlier. Meanwhile, the BCCI has made it crystal clear that the exclusion doesn’t imply a permanent halt in the player’s career in this format. He was an important member and his contributions to the team still make him a favourite for many more T20I matches to come. Various reasons are being differently interpreted from Dhoni’s exclusion as well as the statement of the BCCI.
However one of the BCCI officials has recently shed light on the actual reasons behind the same. He exclaimed that the teams are being drafted keeping in mind the ICC World T20I to be held in 2020 in Australia. Dhoni is not expected to be available during the mega event at that time. Hence, other players are being given opportunity to showcase their abilities in this shorter format of the game. Dhoni is however being retained in the ODI squads since he is going to feature in the World Cup to be held next year.
“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,” the official said.
The official also unveiled names of two players who happened to be during the meeting when such a decision was taken. He said that the team management and the selectors had a meeting in presence of Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli and made the ultimate decision after their consent.
“Obviously, the selectors and team management had a good deliberation on this issue. Both Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma were present at the selection committee meeting. You think selectors could have gone ahead without their approval?” the official added.
However, we would still be seeing the Dhoni action in the ongoing series against the Windies. Considering the World Cup approaching closer, it is expected that the management would definitely include the wicket keeper for the 50 over format against the Kangaroos for greater practice.