The veteran off-spinner Harbhajan Singh has said that MS Dhoni has shown no interest in playing matches post-world cup and his name being excluded from the contract list was an expected one.
The world cup winning captain who was last seen in the Indian colours in the semi-final against Kiwis last July has made himself unavailable for selections since then. He hasn’t played even a single competitive game for more than 6 months now. There has been a lot of speculations going around the cricket fraternity about Dhoni’s future in the International arena after his name was not present in the BCCI’s list of centrally contracted players. The pro-off-spinner Harbhajan Singh has said some shocking insights about Dhoni.
“Not surprised. I knew this was on the cards because Dhoni did not show any interest in playing matches after the World Cup. I think the World Cup semi-final was his last game. Earlier, MS Dhoni had told his friends that whatever happens in the World Cup, India’s last game in the tournament will be his last international match. I am not surprised by seeing MS Dhoni’s omission from BCCI’s central contract. I think MS Dhoni has made his mind that he won’t play for India again”
Earlier, Ravi Shastri said that MS Dhoni can still make to the team if he has a good IPL but the off-spinner has come out and said that Dhoni won’t play for India even if he has a good IPL.
“Ravi Shastri and Virat Kohli said that it would depend on MS Dhoni’s performance in the Indian Premier League if we can be picked again but I think it depends on how Rishabh Pant’s form would be at that particular time and if Dhoni wants to play for India again or not”
The expert off-spinner also questioned about the whereabouts of MS Dhoni in the gap of 4-5 months that exists between IPL and the T20WC
“Even if Dhoni is selected for the T20 World Cup after IPL, there will be a 4-5 month gap till the tournament starts. In that time where will Dhoni play and practice? So I don’t think MS Dhoni wants to see him again in the blue jersey. BCCI has also proved today they are also looking forward”
Meanwhile, the former captain has started to train with his state Ranji team and is expected to play a few Ranji trophy games as their first choice keeper Ishan Kishan playing in New Zealand representing India A.