With Indian Premier League (IPL) being postponed until April 15, the fans will have to wait longer to see their favourite MS Dhoni return to the cricket field. He last played during the ICC 2019 World Cup in England and since then went on a sabbatical following a poor run with the bat.
Since then, he has been on a sabbatical and a lot has been spoken over his return to the national team. Although he is anticipated to return to Team India for one final time during the ICC T20 World Cup later this year but Dhoni is yet to speak a word on that. The former India skipper was looking forward to IPL 2020 to come back to the scheme of things.
The spectrum has now got divided between two halves on the speculation of MS Dhoni’s retirement. Former India spinner Venkatpathy Raju, who was part of the selection committee which appointed MS Dhoni as India captain back in 2007, believes that the wicket-keeper batsman will find it difficult to make it to the national side.
“He has been a match-winner for 15 years and has a huge fan following. But, for any international sportsperson to come back after such a long break is difficult. And, importantly, Dhoni should be in the scheme of things to be picked based on performances in the IPL, if it at all it is held,” Hindu quoted Raju as saying.
Furthermore, Venkatpathy Raju stated that playing international cricket is very demanding and one needs to prove themselves in domestic cricket. The former cricketer also said that age is also a factor for the 38-year-old wicket-keeper batsman fro Jharkhand.
“Any player has to keep playing and performing to be in contention. Be it domestic, India-A series or any other competitive cricket. For, you are not out to prove yourself to others, but to prove to yourself that you belong there. Age also is a big factor. Playing international cricket is never easy. It demands a different level of fitness and skills,” he further added.