The whole nation was shocked when they did not see MS Dhoni’s name in the squad that was selected for the upcoming T20I series against the West Indies and Australia as well. Some of the experts backed this decision but most of the people who know about the game went ahead and expressed their disappointment on social media.
After the series win in Thiruvananthapuram against the Windies yesterday, Kohli was asked about this surprising decision to which the Indian skipper responded that he did not know such a decision was on the cards because he was not part of the meeting where the squads were announced.
“I think the selectors have already addressed this if I’m not wrong. And he’s been spoken to, firstly. So, I do not see any reason why I should be sitting here and explaining that. I think the selectors have come out and explained exactly what happened. I was not part of that conversation so, It is what the selector explained,” Kohli shared.
He also went on to say that Dhoni himself wanted to make way for Rishabh Pant, who has replaced the captain cool in the T20 squad as the main wicketkeeper, as he wants to help the youngsters of the team and wants them to get better.
“I think people are putting too many variables into the situation, which is not the case I can assure of that. He is still a very integral part of this team and he just feels that in the T20 format, someone like Rishabh can get more chances, he anyways plays the ODIs for us regularly From that point of view, he is only trying to help the youngsters; nothing that anything that other people are thinking and I as captain can certainly assure you of that.”
Even after Dhoni’s exclusion from the T20 team, legends like Sunil Gavaskar and Sourav Ganguly have backed him for the upcoming 50-over World Cup in England and Wales. Gavaskar expressed his view by saying that Dhoni will be very important in the World Cup and Kohli needs Dhoni if he wants to lift that coveted trophy.
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Sports Journalist by profession, a Cricket Fanatic by passion. Aayush Sharma has been following the game of cricket since childhood and considers Sachin Tendulkar as his idol. When in free time, he loves to read books or go out and play some gully cricket with friends. For him, Tennis ace Roger Federer and F1 Legend Michael Schumacher are the only sportspersons that reach the level of Tendulkar