Fans are going frenzy with the news of the most awaited Cricket league being delayed due to the Coronavirus. pandemic. With the increasing cases of death due to the virus and the count reaching approximately 10,000 and rising, the faith of IPL lies in danger.
The one who would have a grave effect, in particular, would be everyone’s beloved cricketer, MS Dhoni, with a cancellation of the most expensive league.
Ravi Shastri, Indian coach and several others in the cricket fraternity already putting the responsibility on Dhoni to perform in the IPL to obtain a gate into India’s team for the T20 World Cup to be held in October, the future of the IPL could very well determine that of Dhoni.
As far as former India captain Sunil Gavaskar is concerned, chances of a Dhoni comeback are ‘highly unlikely’.
“I would certainly like to see Dhoni in India’s World Cup squad but it’s highly unlikely to happen. The team has moved on. Dhoni is not someone to make big announcements so I reckon he would silently retire from the game,” were Gavaskars words to the media.
Few days before former opener Virender Sehwag had also stated he doesn’t see any logic why India should not adhere with the two young wicketkeepers, notably KL Rahul after the good run of form he performed in the series against Australia and New Zealand.
MS Dhoni’s sabbatical post the 2019 World Cup and his imminent arrival to International Cricket have become much-debated topics in Indian cricket in the recent past. Dhoni has not played an international match after India’s exit in the World Cup semi-final in July 2019.
However, MS Dhoni trained in Ranchi in the lead up to Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 and also led the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) training camp in Chennai before the cash-rich T20 league was suspended due to the outbreak of novel Coronavirus.
“Where will he fit in? With the likes of Rishabh Pant and KL Rahul already in form, especially the latter performing exceptionally well of late, I think there is no reason why we should not stick with them,” Virender Sehwag quoted
On the other hand, Dhoni found some comfort in the form of former India batsman Wasim Jaffer, who on Wednesday said that the Men in Blue can’t bear to look past a fit Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
Jaffer, who recently resigned from all forms of cricket feels that the former Indian skipper (Dhoni) is an ‘asset for the team.
The right-handed batsman also said that Dhoni behind the stumps would take the burden off from KL Rahul.
“If Dhoni is fit and in a form I think we can’t look beyond him as he’ll be an asset behind the stumps and also lower down the order. It’ll take the pressure of keeping off Rahul and India can play Pant as a batsman too if they want a lefty,” Jaffer tweeted.