Hours after Indian national team captain Virat Kohli sent the cricket world into a tailspin with his cryptic MS Dhoni social media post, BCCI chief selector MSK Prasad on Thursday cleared the air on former skipper's retirement rumours. (More Cricket News)
In what seemed to be a 'tribute' to his predecessor, Kohli took to social media sites to share a post with a message, which read: “A game I can never forget. Special night. This man, made me run like in a fitness test.”
Fans, always reading between the lines and most of the time without an ounce of truth, assumed that Dhoni's India career is finally over. It's pertinent to mention that Dhoni is out of the action, spending time on the sidelines since India's World Cup exit. Dhoni made himself unavailable for the West Indies tour, then was not included in the team for the upcoming home series against South Africa. It was later surreptitiously revealed that Dhoni was unavailable. But again, fans have their own take.
On Thursday, while announcing the team for the Test series, Prasad denied the rumours that Dhoni is retiring. He said, "No update on MS Dhoni’s retirement, the news is incorrect."
Meanwhile, the Indian selectors finally decided to call up hugely talented batsman Shubaman Gill. The young Punjab batsman was named in the 15-man squad for the South Africa Test series. But it meant that KL Rahul got the boot.
The first Test will be held in Visakhapatnam from October 2-6, while the second and third Tests will take place in Pune (October 10-14) and Ranchi (October 19-23).
Virat Kohli (Captain), Mayank Agarwal, Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (vice-captain), Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (Wicket-keeper), Wriddhiman Saha (Wicket-keeper), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, Shubman Gill