If MS Dhoni is not performing, we will have to look at alternatives, says chairman of selectors MSK Prasad

India's chairman of selectors MSK Prasad believes the squad will be rotated multiple times to trim down the best possible combination from the current 26 player options including questions over MS Dhoni's future.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: August 14, 2017 5:31 pm
mahendra singh dhoni, ms dhoni, msk prasad, india squad, india odi squad, world cup 2019, cricket news, sports news, indian express MS Dhoni last played for India in the T20I against West Indies. (Source: File)

India squad for the limited over matches against Sri Lanka was announced on Sunday with MS Dhoni finding a spot but there was no place for another veteran Yuvraj Singh. With both stalwarts past the 35 years old mark, their future in the team had come under spotlight with the side likely building towards the 2019 World Cup.

India’s chairman of selectors MSK Prasad cited the example of former American tennis player Andre Agassi who went on to play till 36 years old and won three of his eight Grand Slams after turning 30. “I was just reading [Andre] Agassi’s book, Open, his life actually started after 30 years. Till then he won two or three. His actual life started after that. He lived with media pressure, ‘When are you going to retire?’ But he played till 36 and he won so many Grand Slams. So you never know. We don’t say it is an automatic this thing… but we will see. We are all stakeholders. We all want the Indian team to do well. If he (MS Dhoni) is delivering, why not? If he is not, we will have to look at alternatives,” said Prasad to ESPNCricinfo.

He added that there’s a plan around Dhoni – as is the case with all players. “Discussions happen about everybody. It is not just MS. When we pick, when we talk about combinations, we talk about everybody. You will also see in time to come.”

Dhoni’s chances of playing at the 2019 World Cup in England are still not entirely confirmed. “We will see, we will see. The legend that he is, we don’t want to make it (rotations)… but yes we have a plan.”

Rishabh Pant would be disappointed to have been dropped for the Sri Lanka five ODIs and one T20 series. The Delhi batsman played the solitary T20 against West Indies where he scored 38 runs. But didn’t make a mark for India A in the tri-nation series involving South Africa A and Afghanistan A. He could only score 107 runs in four matches.

“As far as Rishabh is concerned, he is one talent to watch out for the future,” Prasad said. “We have been grooming him for A tours. He went to South Africa on the A tour but he had a pretty ordinary tour but that doesn’t mean he is not on our radar. There is one more A tour coming up. We all know Rishabh Pant more as a Twenty20 player, so we will look at him in that format also.”

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  1. B
    Aug 15, 2017 at 5:48 pm
    Not only Dhoni, any player who doesn't perform should not be selected. Well said Mr MSK Prasad! I wanted to know more about you you're also the same person who gave the message to Dhoni to relinquish captaincy. This link gives good details about you: : espncricinfo /india/content/player/32346 Test: 6 matches, 10 innings, 106 runs, HS-19 ODI: 17 matches, 11 innings, 131 runs, HS-63 IS THIS A QUALIFICATION TO BE A CHIEF SELECTOR? WHO THE HAS SELECTED YOU?? THIS MAN SHOULD BE SACKED!!!
    1. S
      Aug 15, 2017 at 1:21 am
      Mr. Dhoni, you are not Brahmin and looking for Bharat Ratna. Sachine Tendulkar given more chances to score 100 century after that he be selected for Bharat Ratna.
      1. Damaru Prasad Bhandari
        Aug 15, 2017 at 12:49 am
        MS Dhoni is greatest cricketer and deserves some respect. And by the way who the is this Prasad?
        1. S
          Aug 14, 2017 at 11:27 pm
          MSK dips t....aukad mein reh ke baat kar le.
          1. Abhay Sandwar
            Aug 14, 2017 at 9:52 pm
            It will be in the interest of just and right way if sri Prasad chairman of the selectors Board resigns and some one comes up who can foresee the future of Cricket and respect the value of Dhoni in the cricket world .
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