MS Dhoni’s India comeback not dependent on IPL: Aakash Chopra – Times of India

NEW DELHI: One of essentially the most awaited half of this yr’s Indian Premier League (IPL), which at the moment stands suspended because of the coronavirus outbreak, was the return of MS Dhoni to the cricket subject. Dhoni final performed within the World Cup 2019 semifinal towards New Zealand and since then has been on a sabbatical.

It was believed that Dhoni’s efficiency within the IPL would determine if he shall be an element of India’s World T20 squad. But cricketer-turned-commentator Aakash Chopra begs to vary. The former India opener termed it a “misconception” individuals had.

“It’s a huge misconception that Dhoni’s comeback to the Indian team was dependent on his performance in the IPL,” Chopra stated. “If that is how we will view Dhoni as a player and his career and what he has achieved as a player, then I think we are just knocking at the wrong door, because it’s not right.”
Chopra feels that if Dhoni desires to play for the Indian staff once more and if the staff administration additionally desires the identical, it’ll occur.

“See, if the staff desires him to play, all that can occur. But if the IPL would not happen this yr, the T20 World Cup would not occur this yr, (then), of course, he shall be a yr older; and with him out of the cricket for greater than 18 months, you possibly can assume that you just would possibly not see him play once more for India,” Chopra pointed.

The former India batsman, nevertheless, stated that trying at present situation, organising the T20 World Cup appears to be like “difficult” in October-November, which in flip can open a window for the 13th version of the IPL.

Chopra additionally believed that if there’s a likelihood to conduct the IPL “behind closed doors”, it have to be taken.

“It’s nonetheless an extended shot as a result of we do not know the way the world goes to function. This COVID-19 pandemic is a growing story. For a match just like the IPL, you need to guarantee gamers’ security. It’s being contemplated to have the IPL behind closed doorways and I believe it is higher to have the match with empty stands quite than not having the match in any respect.

“To be sincere, the T20 World Cup appears to be like very, very troublesome as a result of Australia has already put a journey ban until September. The T20 World Cup is slated to be performed in October. So October-November would possibly simply grow to be the window to open up instantly as a result of transferring the whole world to 1 place after which taking part in the match is rather a lot more durable than taking part in, say the IPL, in a single nation the place most of the gamers are Indians and solely a handful of gamers should fly in.

“From a commentator and a cricket lover’s point of view, I would want the IPL to happen,” he added.

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