MS Dhoni ‘doesn’t want to’ play for India again, says Harbhajan Singh

As far as Harbhajan Singh is worried, MS Dhoni won’t ever play for India once more. Harbhajan, who educated with Dhoni in March on the Chennai Super Kings’ preparatory camp for the IPL, mentioned the previous India captain had “played enough” for India.

Recently, as quickly because the BCCI postponed the IPL indefinitely, the primary query that popped up in Indian cricket was: what does this imply for Dhoni, who will flip 39 in July?

India head coach Ravi Shastri had said that Dhoni, who has not performed any cricket since final July, when India misplaced within the semi-finals of the 2019 World Cup, would wish to show his type within the IPL to be in rivalry for choice within the T20 World Cup, scheduled in Australia this October-November.

Talking to Rohit Sharma, India’s vice-captain in limited-overs cricket, throughout an Instagram chat on Thursday, Harbhajan mentioned the 2019 World Cup was the place Dhoni might need ended his India profession regardless that he would proceed enjoying the IPL.

“I was at the Chennai (Super Kings) camp, and a lot of people asked me, “Is Dhoni going to play? Will he be chosen on the [T20] World Cup?” I said, “I do not know, it is as much as him”. Whether he wants to play or not, it’s his decision,” Harbhajan advised Sharma.

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“He [Dhoni] will 100% play the IPL, but does he want to play for India anymore, that’s the first thing we need to find out,” Harbhajan mentioned. “Does he really feel prefer it or not? As far as I do know, he would not want to. Usne khel liya hain India ke liye (he will play for India not), and so far as I do know him, I do not assume he would want to put on the blue jersey once more. When it involves enjoying for India, I feel he had determined that whichever was India’s final [2019] World Cup match was – closing, semi-final – can be his final match too. That’s what I really feel. A few individuals had advised me, too, that that is how will probably be.”

Sharma mentioned he and his India team-mates weren’t conscious of Dhoni’s thought course of after final yr’s World Cup. “We have not got any news,” he mentioned. “World Cup’s last match was in July, since then until now we have not heard any news. [So we] have no idea [about Dhoni].”

Recalling the World Cup exit, Sharma regretted India’s bating within the first ten overs. India had been 24 for four on the finish of the primary Powerplay. Asked by Sharma to match the limited-overs groups he was a part of to the present one led by Virat Kohli, Harbhajan mentioned India’s present white-ball groups had been over-reliant on the highest order, missing constant help from the center order.

“The present workforce, what I see from the surface, is just too depending on Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma. And the workforce would not have a number of self-belief. There are superb gamers for certain, however there is no perception that if Virat and Rohit get out… 70% of the matches get out of our fingers when that occurs, it’s totally uncommon for somebody to come back in decrease down the order and win the sport for us.

“But our workforce had that perception, that Yuvi (Yuvraj Singh) will rating the runs, if he would not, Rahul Dravid will do it, somebody or different will do it, there was that belief on one another. I do not know… on this workforce, in matches the place you (Sharma) or Virat haven’t scored runs, or there hasn’t been a partnership upfront, say you and Shikhar, so if three wickets fall in the beginning, the match is out of our fingers. That’s one factor I feel this workforce can enhance on.”

Harbhajan agreed with Sharma that India have the expertise to win a minimum of two of the subsequent three World Cups (two T20 World Cups in 2020, 2021 and the 50-over World Cup in 2023) however wished the gamers to hold their IPL success into worldwide cricket and reply to stress higher.

“The way the boys play – I see them in the IPL, somehow they don’t play the same way in international cricket,” Harbhajan mentioned. “I don’t know whether that’s because of the pressure to keep their spots, but if they want to be big players, they have to play their natural games, what I see them playing in the IPL. In the IPL, they look like totally different players. They are hitting the same bowlers. Trent Boult plays here, Tim Southee plays here, Dale Steyn plays here, the best in the game play here. But maybe that’s the pressure of international cricket, maybe they are scared that they will lose their spots. That’s why they can’t play their games. So if they get ten games to settle down, at least they have a better chance.”

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