A lot has been spoken over the retirement of the former India skipper MS Dhoni. He has been on a sabbatical since India’s ouster from the ICC World Cup 2019 in England losing to New Zealand in the rain-marred semifinal clash.
He was anticipated to make a return during the forthcoming Indian Premier League (IPL). In a bid to make a strong return, MS Dhoni began training on March 2 at the MA Chidambaram Stadium alongside the likes of Suresh Raina, Piyush Chawla, and Murali Vijay. However, the tournament was postponed until April 14 in the wake of the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic which was scheduled to commence from March 29.
Meanwhile, with IPL 2020 postponed, the return of MS Dhoni to international cricket looks bleak. Former India skipper Mohammad Azharuddin also echoed the same lines hinting that it will not be easy for the legendary cricketer.
“Dhoni can explain better than me about what he wants and it will be his personal decision. See as of now, the situation is not good and that is why IPL is not taking place and I feel it will take some time to get things sorted but for Dhoni, it is his personal decision,” the 57-year-old told ANI.
“Definitely, the selectors will look at the performance because playing after a long gap is not that easy, match practice is really important and it does not matter how big a player you are, you have to play some matches. Practising and playing matches are two different things,” Azharuddin added.
Despite not being available for the last nine months, MS Dhoni continues to be in the scheme of things for the ICC T20 World Cup 2020 in Australia alongside Rishabh Pant and KL Rahul.