IPL form key for Dhoni to earn spot in T20 World Cup squad – Shastri

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Dhoni has not featured in any of India’s limited-overs assignments since the World Cup semifinal exit in July this year. © Getty

MS Dhoni’s form in the IPL next year could decide his future as an international cricketer, according to Indian head coach Ravi Shastri. Dhoni has not featured for India ever since the World Cup semifinal loss to New Zealand this year in July with Rishabh Pant becoming the first-choice gloveman in limited-overs cricket.

While chief selector MSK Prasad recently stated that India are ‘moving on’ from Dhoni, new BCCI president Sourav Ganguly offered hope and reiterated that the final call will be taken by the veteran himself. However, Shastri has now provided a fair bit of clarity by opening a door for Dhoni’s comeback, potentially in the T20I team for next year’s World Cup, which will solely depend on how he fares for Chennai Super Kings.

Even though the 38-year-old hasn’t been picked for the upcoming West Indies ODIs, he was recently spotted practising at the nets with the Jharkhand side sparking endless debates over his future.

“It all depends on when he starts playing and how he is playing during the IPL,” Shastri told IANS. “What are the other people doing with the wicketkeeping gloves or what is the form of those players as opposed to Dhoni’s form.”

Shastri also pointed out that India’s T20 World Cup squad will be more or less decided post IPL based on the performances in the tournament. “The IPL becomes a massive tournament because that could be the last tournament after which more or less your 15 is decided,” he said. “There might be one player who might be there and thereabouts in case of an injury or whatever.

“But your team I would say would be known after the IPL. What I would say is rather than speculating of who is where, wait for the IPL to get over and then you are in a position to take a call on who are the best 17 in the country.”

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