MS Dhoni is a household name when it comes to Indian cricket. He is arguably the second most prominent name of the Indian cricket after the ‘God' himself – Sachin Tendulkar. However, the past couple of years haven't been well for the legend. Dhoni struggled with his form, struggle to finish the matches for India, and subsequently lost his place in the Indian side after the World Cup 2019 exit. Dhoni, being Dhoni, hasn't announced the retirement from the cricket yet. While he has already retired from test cricket, he still is an active white-ball player.
With an eye for the future, India have been going ahead with Rishabh Pant for the wicketkeeping role. The youngster has the talent and skills for sure, but he has struggled to perform so far at the biggest stage. This has led the fans to call for a comeback of their favorite ‘Thala.'
MS Dhoni hasn't played a competitive game since he was dropped from the team. He hasn't played any domestic game for his home state, and this has led the selectors not to consider him for the selection. When asked upon retirement once, Dhoni replied – “Don't ask me till January.”
The statement clearly meant Dhoni is not willing to give up on his chances to make a return to the Indian team yet. He was eyeing the IPL 2020 to make his case for the return. Even the Indian coach Ravi Sashtri refused to rule out Dhoni's comeback and went on to say – ‘in case he has a very good IPL, India will want to have him around ‘just in case.'
With the T20 World Cup in sight, it was clear that the Indian team management would want every best possible option at their disposal. Indian captain Virat Kohli too, would love to have a player of the calibre of Dhoni in such a big tournament as the former captain has the experience to lead the side in the crucial moments.
With the coronavirus outbreak, the BCCI has already postponed the cash-rich league to April 15th. However, the BCCI could likely cancel the tournament altogether this season. This won't come as a piece of good news to the Dhoni's fans as it was probably the last chance for Dhoni to make a comeback. If the IPL doesn't happen this year, then it would be difficult for the selectors to select Dhoni based on merit only. Dhoni hasn't been of any domestic game in the recent past, and it could go against him.
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With the emergence of KL Rahul in the wicket-keeper's role, selectors would be keen to persist with the stylish batsman from Karnataka. If the IPL gets abandoned for this season, then KL Rahul, in all likelihood, is expected to take care of the gloves duty for the Men in Blue in the T20 World Cup 2020. Thala would find it difficult to mark his return to the T20 side, and if the IPL 2020 gets cancelled, Dhoni's career in the blue would also be over in all probability.