'We're moving and backing Rishabh Pant': MSK Prasad on MS Dhoni
Selection committee chairman MSK Prasad has said that Mahendra Singh Dhoni is not in their scheme of things anymore. After announcing the squad, MSK Prasad, while addressing the media, said that MS Dhoni also supports the selection committee's approach of backing youngsters like Rishabh Pant for the wicketkeeping role.
His committee will instead focus on Rishabh Pant, Dhoni's natural heir, Prasad said. "This is our clear thought process that post World Cup we are focusing on Rishabh Pant only," he said. When the question on Dhoni's future in international cricket was repeated, the chief selector added, "I made it very clear post the World Cup that we are moving on. We are giving opportunities to youngsters and see that they establish themselves in the side.
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The chief selector also mentioned that after the World Cup, the selection panel is focussing on Rishabh Pant and expects him to do well. "We are moving on, we are very clear. Post World Cup we have been clear. We started backing (Rishabh) Pant and wanted to see him do well. He may not have had the best of matches but we are clear, we are focusing on him only," MSK Prasad added.
On Dhoni's future, the former cricketer said that is purely his personal call. "Going into domestic cricket, getting his touch back or thoughts about retirement, everything is purely his personal decision. We've already laid the roadmap for future, I'm sure you can see in the way we are selecting the teams."
Earlier, MS Dhoni made a surprise visit to the Indian dressing room in Ranchi after India defeated South Africa by an innings and 202 runs in the third Test. Dhoni was seen having a word with Shahbaz Nadeem, who made his debut in the Ranchi Test.