India will play West Indies in their first series after the ICC World Cup 2019 for series across formats starting from August 3. There were speculations in the last few days about MS Dhoni’s participation in the series against West Indies. However, a top BCCI official has confirmed that the former India skipper has made himself unavailable for the series against the Caribbeans.
Dhoni makes himself unavailable for West Indies tour
MS Dhoni has struggled to get going in the death overs leading to the former cricketers including Sachin Tendulkar question his intent. The former India skipper couldn’t score quick runs in the death overs which cost India the World Cup trophy as they bowed out of the World Cup in the semifinals. Dhoni played at a strike rate of 93.39 in this World Cup but has eaten up a lot of balls which have put the other batsmen under pressure.
There were reports that MS Dhoni is no more the first choice for the selectors and they might axe him if he doesn’t bid farewell from his own. A top BCCI official recently confirmed the developments saying that Dhoni has made himself unavailable for the series against West Indies. Instead, he will spend the next two months with the paramilitary regiment. The veteran cricketer is an Honorary Lieutenant Colonel in the Parachute Regiment of the Territorial Army.
“Dhoni has made himself unavailable for the tour of West Indies as he will be spending two months with his paramilitary regiment,” the official told PTI.
With MS Dhoni not going to West Indies, young wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant will take over the role as the first gloveman. Pant has impressed in the recently concluded ICC World Cup 2019 with his aggressive batting and is tipped as the future of Indian cricket. The series begins with three T20Is starting from August 3.
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