Having been left out of BCCI’s central contract list of players, MS Dhoni’s chances of a return to the Indian side were solely dependent on his form and fitness during the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League.
But with the uncertain future of the tournament, due to the Coronavirus outbreak, MS Dhoni’s chances of a comeback have suffered a massive blow.
Last year, in November, Team India head coach Ravi Shastri said performances during the IPL will decide the fate of MS Dhoni, who last played for India during the 2019 World Cup semi-final defeat to New Zealand.
“It all depends on when he starts playing and how he is playing during the IPL,” Shastri told the reporters.
“What are the other people doing with the wicketkeeping gloves or what is the form of those players as opposed to Dhoni’s form? The IPL becomes a massive tournament because that could be the last tournament after which more or less your 15 is decided,” Shastri said.
Last week, the BCCI postponed the 13th edition of the IPL, after the Sporting Authorities urged National Sporting bodies to avoid large public gatherings.
But, according to former Indian batsman Aakash Chopra, IPL was never a yardstick for the experienced campaigner, Dhoni.
“Dhoni is a hugely experienced player. If India needs MS Dhoni, then with or without IPL, he will come back,” Chopra said on his YouTube Channel.