India’s former captain, and specialist wicket keeper batsman – MS Dhoni was being questioned by many fans and experts as to why the 37 year old is not taking part in the domestic matches that take place in India, in order to reclaim his form with his bat.
Sunil Gavaskar was one amongst the many who had the same query, and even questioned the BCCI on their authority, and their inability to pursue senior cricketers to take the domestic circuit a little more seriously when they’re not on national duties.
However, Jharkhand coach Rajiv Kumar revealed the real reason behind MS Dhoni not featuring in the state level tournaments, as the former World Cup winning captain believes that his inclusion to the side will not give youngsters the required opportunity to shine.
“Yes, there have been talks about this, but you also need to understand that him coming and joining the team means someone else misses out. Do you think MS would want to do that?, ” Kumar enquired.
Though Dhoni seems to be out of action from cricket, he continues to guide the young cricketers of his hometown, through wisdom and expertise of his own.
“Also, you have to understand that the youngsters in the team are trying to use every opportunity to impress and having Dhoni play the four-day format would be unfair. But he is always there to come and help the boys at training whenever he is in Ranchi. I think that is more than helpful as the kids look up to him and spending time with him can change their outlook and thought process,” he explained.
Coach, Rajiv Kumar’s explanation might be an answer that brings clarity to those who had the same doubts in their heads, and it may even calm the great Sunil Gavaskar a bit, who had this to say not so long ago.
“He (Dhoni) didn’t play the T20Is against Australia, before that he didn’t play the West Indies Tests, and then he is not playing the Test series against Australia. So, he last played in October (November 1) and will next play in January, which is a huge gap. But if he doesn’t do well on tours of Australia and New Zealand, then there will be more questions asked on his place in the World Cup,” Gavaskar said before adding, “As you grow older and if there is a gap in your cricket, your reflexes will slow down. If you play any form of cricket at the domestic level, you get an opportunity to play long innings, which serves as a good practice for you.”
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