India’s senior seleection committee chairman MSK Prasad said retirement decisions are “purely individual” and that MS Dhoni should go out in his own terms when addressing speculations surrounding the wicketkeeper-batsman’s future.
The senior selection committee led by MSK Prasad met in Mumbai on Sunday and picked the squads for ODI, T20I and Test series for India’s tour of West Indies, starting August 2.
MSK Prasad confirmed that MS Dhoni is not available for the limited-overs series while adding that the selection committee is looking at giving more opportunities to Rishabh Pant across all three formats.
“He [MS Dhoni] is unavailable for this series. he has expressed his unavailability. Having said that, we had certain road maps till the World Cup. Subsequently, post the World Cup, we have laid down few more plans. We thought of giving as many opportunities to Rishabh Pant to see he is groomed. That’s our plan right now,” MSK Prasad told the press in Mumbai.
The selection committee chairman added: “We did discuss with him [Dhoni’s future].
“Retirement is purely individual. A legendary cricketer like MS Dhoni… he knows when to retire. But as far as the future roadmap is considered, that is in the hands of the selectors.”
Dhoni, who holds an honorary post of Lieutenant Colonel in the Parachute regiment of the Territorial Army, had requested for a 2-month break as he wanted to join the para regiment. Dhoni had made this commitment even before the Cricket World Cup 2019.
“We would like to clarify three things. MS Dhoni is not retiring from cricket right now. He is taking a two month sabbatical to serve his paramilitary regiment which he had committed much earlier. We have now intimated his decision to skipper Virat Kohli and chairman of selectors MSK Prasad,” a senior BCCI official told PTI on Saturday.
Pant will be playing all 3 formats for India, his workload management crucial: Prasad
Meanwhile, MSK Prasad also said it’s not appropriate to discuss the much-talked-about issue surrounding MS Dhoni’s strike rate in the World Cup but insisted that India are looking at grooming youngsters.
Prasad also said Rishabh Pant will be considered for all three formats and the young wicketkeeper-batsman’s workload management is their priority.
“First of all, we don’t have to discuss about it (strike rate in World Cup). Secondly, we are grooming youngsters now,” Prasad said.
“Rishabh Pant has not done anything wrong for his non-inclusion in the squads. Rishabh Pant is going to play all three formats. So we need to manage his workload. So Wriddhiman Saha and KS Bharat will come into the picture.”
India’s squad for 2 Tests: Virat Kohli (Captain), Ajinkya Rahane (VC), Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul, C Pujara, Hanuma Vihari, Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant (WK) Wriddhiman Saha (WK), R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav
India’s squad for 3 ODIs: Virat Kohli (Captain), Rohit Sharma (VC), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kedar Jadhav, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, Navdeep Saini
India’s squad for 3 T20Is: Virat Kohli (Captain), Rohit Sharma (VC), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant (WK), Krunal Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Washington Sundar, Rahul Chahar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, Deepak Chahar, Navdeep Saini.