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Should He Or Shouldn't He? Raging Debate On Dhoni's Inclusion In 2019 World Cup

Plunging into the debate on M.S. Dhoni’s future and his inclusion in the Indian team for the 2019 World Cup

Should He Or Shouldn't He? Raging Debate On Dhoni's Inclusion In 2019 World Cup
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Should He Or Shouldn't He? Raging Debate On Dhoni's Inclusion In 2019 World Cup
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2018-11-17T14:36:00+05:30

Strengths

  • Dhoni might be 37, but his remarkable agility and lightning reflexes behind the stumps haven’t abated one bit. The blinders of catches that he has pulled off in the past one year are testament to it. The wealth of experience that Dhoni brings to the table is unparallelled too. Not just a master at judging DRS decisions, he is captain Kohli’s go-to man for strategy in sticky situations.

Weaknesses

  • The entire debate on whether Dhoni ought to play the World Cup in England next year revolves around his waning batting skills. The pre-eminent finisher in world cricket often struggles to get off the mark, and then consumes too many balls, something his critics never tire of pointing out. However, in the past 21 matches he played, he didn’t get to bat eight times. One must consider match situations too.

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In an old, popular TV commercial, Mahendra Singh Dhoni declares: “I believe that it’s not the runs, but how you run the game that wins it.” It could well be India’s most consummate match-winner’s reply to his current critics who, in the light of his waning skills, are questioning his place in the Indian team in the shorter formats.

Having retired from Tests earlier, last month Dhoni was ‘dropped’ for the last three T20 Internationals against West Indies and the upc­oming T20 series in Australia. Dinesh Karthik and Rishabh Pant were selected in both squads. The decision of the M.S.K. Prasad-headed selection was not just surprising, but created confusion in the absence of clarity on the Dhoni question. Many people are not sure if Dhoni was indeed ‘dropped’ or ‘rested’.

The issue is this: Does Dhoni still command a place in the national ODI...

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