MS Dhoni has been on a purposeful holiday from cricket since the time India’s exit from the World Cup in July a year ago.
With the speculations about MS Dhoni’s future raging on after the postponement of IPL, his Chennai Super Kings (CSK) teammate Suresh Raina on Tuesday threw some light on the former India captain’s preparation ahead of the cash-rich T20 league.
Dhoni has been on a self-imposed sabbatical from cricket ever since India’s exit from the World Cup in July last year. Since then he hasn’t played any competitive cricket with some even claiming that it’s getting increasingly difficult for the Jharkhand dasher to make an international return after such a prolonged break.
Discussing that camp Raina referenced how Dhoni gave no indications of easing back down and in actuality appeared to be better than anyone might have expected.
“I was joined by [Ambati] Rayudu, [Murali] Vijay and all in the wellness camp. At that point Mahi bhai joined us,” Raina in an Instagram Live meeting with SportsTak. “In the event that you ask me I think he was striking the ball truly well and the bat stream appeared to be very acceptable. He never looked better.”
When approached if Dhoni will play for India once more, Raina stated, “He despite everything has a great deal of cricket left in him. He should respond to this inquiry with his bat.”
“He was attempting to be creative with his shots and continued changing his game contingent upon whether he was confronting a spinner or a pacer. We played practice games and those sixes were as large as they were previously.”
Raina likewise referenced that Dhoni didn’t give any indications of maturing whatsoever, considerably after such a long break.
“That specific night, he was batting for three hours in that Chennai heat. The lights went ahead, but then he was going on. His body isn’t giving indications of any maturing. On the off chance that you ask me, Mahi bhai is batting splendidly,” said Raina who won the 2011 World Cup and 2013 Champions Trophy under Dhoni’s administration.
Head coach Ravi Shastri had hinted that clarity on Dhoni’s future will only be available after IPL where the former skipper is known to give more than a hundred percent.
Asked what are the chances of Dhoni making it to India’s squad for the T20 World Cup on the basis of a good IPL, Harbhajan said: “I am fully confident that Dhoni will have a great IPL for CSK. But having said that, I don’t think he will play for India even if he has a great IPL.”
“What if Rishabh Pant has a great IPL? Would you drop him (Pant) from the playing XI,” said Harbhajan, India’s third-highest wicket-taker in Test cricket.