[VIDEO] Fitter than ever! MS Dhoni hits the gym at JSCA Stadium in Ranchi
Mahendra Singh Dhoni was not picked in the Indian T20I side for the upcoming three-match T20I series against Bangladesh as selectors announced the squad on Thursday. Dhoni has remained out of action since India's exit from the semi-final of the ICC World Cup 2019. While Dhoni has remained tight-lipped on his future with the Indian team, the selectors on Thursday confirmed that India is looking beyond him to give youngsters more chances with the World T20 2020 in less than a year's time.
Dhoni last featured for India in their World Cup semi-final defeat against New Zealand in Manchester. He asked for a two-month-long break from the BCCI following the game during which he served with the Indian Army in Jammu & Kashmir. While he was expected to return for the T20I series against Bangladesh which gets underway next month, Dhoni has reportedly extended his sabbatical.
While he might not have played for India for quite a while now, the former Indian captain has not let that affect his tight fitness regime. He was recently spotted sweating it out in the gym at the JSCA Stadium in Ranchi. Dhoni looked sharp and fitter as ever as he trained at his home ground.
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Dhoni is reportedly also training with the Jharkhand U-23 side amid his continued absence from the Indian team. The veteran wicket-keeper batsman is said to be eyeing a return in the Indian team in the shortest format of the game and might play in the World T20 next year. However, chief selector MSK Prasad claimed team management is keen on giving chances to the likes of Sanju Samson and Rishabh Pant in Dhoni's absence.
"Post World Cup, I have been very clear on this. After the World Cup, we started backing Rishabh Pant, we will still back him. He might not have had best of matches of late, but we are confident that he will come good, Post the World Cup, we are focussing on Pant," said Prasad.
"Post World Cup, I made it clear we are moving on, we are giving opportunities to the youngsters so that they establish themselves. Samson is being looked at as the back-up wicket-keeper. Samson was inconsistent when he was drafted in India's squad last time, but he has had a good year and that is why we thought of drafting him in the squad," he added.