If IPL doesn’t happen, it will be difficult for Dhoni to make comeback: Gambhir


Former India opener Gautam Gambhir stated if IPL is just not performed this yr, it will be difficult for Mahendra Singh Dhoni to make a comeback to the Indian crew.

Dhoni final performed for India within the World Cup semi-final in opposition to New Zealand in July final yr.

Since then he hasn’t performed any aggressive cricket and legends reminiscent of Sunil Gavaskar and Kapil Dev have already stated that it’s getting more and more difficult for the Jharkhand dasher to make a global return after such a chronic sabbatical.

He was anticipated to be seen in motion at this yr’s IPL however the possibilities of T20 league being performed are distant due to COVID-19.

“If the IPL does not happen this year, then it will become very difficult for MS Dhoni to make a comeback. On what basis can he (Dhoni) be selected since he’s not been playing for the last one or one and a half year,” Gambhir stated on Star Sports present ‘Cricket Connected’

The 38-year-old Gambhir picked KL Rahul, who has been preserving in ODIs, as an “apt replacement” for Dhoni. “Obviously his (Rahul’s) keeping is not as good as Dhoni’s, but if you are looking at T20 cricket, Rahul’s a utility player, can keep and bat at No. 3 or 4. If the IPL does not happen, then Dhoni’s chances for a comeback look dim. Ultimately, you are representing India, so whoever dishes out the best performance and can win the match for India should play for the team,” added Gambhir.

The southpaw additionally felt that retirement was Dhoni’s private determination.

“As far as his retirement plans go by, that’s his personal choice,” stated Gambhir.

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 However, his former teammate and check specialist VVS Laxman feels that Dhoni can proceed taking part in IPL. “Not only this IPL, he (Dhoni) will probably play in the next couple of IPLs, and then we will take a call about his future as a cricketer,” Laxman stated on the identical present. However, Laxman, a veteran of 134 Tests, stated that the brand new choice committee, chaired by former spinner Sunil Joshi, will have to talk about Dhoni’s future with him.

“Dhoni will be very clear, as far as his plans are concerned, I’m sure he must have communicated that with (captain) Virat Kohli, (coach) Ravi Shastri immediately after the 2019 World Cup in England,” stated Laxman. “The new selection committee will have to sit down with MS Dhoni and understand his future, as far as Indian cricket is concerned. But MS Dhoni will continue to play for CSK and do well for CSK,” stated Laxman, who amassed 8,781 Test runs.

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