MS Dhoni who took a break from the cricketing grounds is likely to put his international retirement on hold. However, he is unlikely to be selected for India’s three-match T20 home series against South Africa.
India and South Africa will be playing their three-match T20 series in Dharamsala (September 15), Mohali (September 18) and Bengaluru (September 22). The squad for T20 series is expected to pick on September 4.
Further, the squad that made a spectacular 3-0 lead over West Indies is likely to be retained by the selection committee and also wanted the same team to continue for World T20 in Australia in October 2020.
“There are only 22 T20 Internationals before India play their first World T20 game and selectors are clear in their vision that it’s time to move forward,” – a senior BCCI official said.
“They are planning on getting a pool of three keepers ready for limited-overs, especially T20s,” – BCCI official added.
It is still unknown whether the selection committee will speak to Dhoni to know about his plans as they did before the West Indies tour. As the former captain told before that he will be taking a 2-month break from cricket to serve Territorial Army battalion in Jammu and Kashmir.
“Retirement is an individual decision and selectors or for that matter, no one has any right to decide on that front. But they have every right to decide the roadmap for the 2020 World T20 and that’s to give Rishabh Pant maximum chances,” – the official explained.
While Pant remained as their first choice across formats, the selection committee wanted the second and third option to be Sanju Samson and India A regular Ishan Kishan as wicket-keeper.
It is learned that a few members of the selection committee will be in Thiruvananthapuram for the A-series and Samson’s performance will be keenly observed as he has made the squad for the last two List A games. This is because the selection committee believes that Samson is ready for top-level cricket but his wicket-keeping is still in making.
“Pant scored a fifty in the last T20 that he played. Ishan Kishan is in the A set-up. Do we even have an option of looking back when we need consistent big hitters on big Australian grounds?” – the official questioned.