Is injury the reason behind MS Dhoni's absence from Indian team? A report suggests so!
Why is MS Dhoni unavailable for selection in the Indian team? Is he even planning to return or will he announce retirement in the near future? The Indian cricketing fraternity has been bombarded with questions over the World Cup-winning captain's future ever since he decided to take a two-month sabbatical from cricket, soon after the 2019 ICC World Cup concluded.
While many have suggested that the motive behind his absence is to give the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) the opportunity find his suitable replacement, a report has suggested that the 38-year-old's absence might be due to an injury.
Dhoni had complained of an issue with his back during the 2019 Indian Premier League and had also injured his wrist during the ICC World Cup. In the match against England, he had also suffered a hairline fracture on his thumb but decided to continue playing.
It has now been learned, as per the report, his back injury aggravated during the World Cup and presently, the Ranchi-born wicket-keeper batsman isn't even fit to play for the country. He is expected to be fit again by November, which is when the former can be seen donning the India jersey again.
Indian skipper Virat Kohli had also recently spoken on the subject of Dhoni's retirement, especially after seeing one of his tweets triggering a false rumour.
“One great thing about him is that, he thinks for Indian cricket. And whatever we (team management) think, he is on the same page. The alignment is there. The kind of mindset he has had about grooming youngsters and giving them opportunities, and he is still the same person,” Kohli had said, suggesting Dhoni remains as important for Indian cricket as ever.
Although there remain suggestions that Dhoni might decide to hang up his boots once BCCI feel that they have found a capable replacement for him for the 2020 T20 World Cup. For now, it's Rishabh Pant who is being tried behind the stumps across formats but his performances have been far from convincing.
Sanju Samson and Ishan Kishan are two players who are waiting for an opportunity to be thrown towards them as soon the team management might want to move on from Pant, especially in limited-overs cricket.
Whether Dhoni will still remain in the fray or decide to put an end to his international career, remains to be seen.