On Friday, the BCCI made a surprise announcement of dropping MS Dhoni from India’s squads for the T20I series against West Indies and Australia. On Saturday, the wicketkeeper-batsman responded by taking a spectacular catch in the third ODI against Windies in Pune on Saturday.
With West Indies starting their innings, Jasprit Bumrah claimed the first wicket as the former captain Dhoni went running from the keeper’s spot, dove forward and held on to the ball even as his elbows touched the ground to dismiss Chadrapaul Hemraj for 15 runs from 20 balls. India captain Virat Kohli won the toss and elected to field first.
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While the decision to omit Dhoni from the squad may signal a possible end to his career in the shortest format, chief selector MSK Prasad has refuted any such claims. Speaking on Dhoni’s exclusion, Prasad said that the decision was taken with an eye on the future regarding India’s wicket-keeping options and does not point to an end of Dhoni’s career. “The T20Is here and in Australia, he [Dhoni] is not going to play, because we are also looking at a second wicketkeeper. That will be between Rishabh and Dinesh Karthik. So they will be getting a chance to keep and bat,” he said.
India lead the ongoing series 1-0 after West Indies pulled off a sensational tie in the second match when Shai Hope hit a four off the last ball. India brought in their frontline fast bowlers Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah replacing Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami in the third ODI. Khaleel Ahmed also got his first game of the series in place of Ravindra Jadeja.