Former Indian captain MS Dhoni has been given an ultimatum by the national selectors that his place in the team will now be dependent on his performance.
By dropping Yuvraj Singh from the ODI series against Sri Lanka, the selectors have made their intent clear that they prefer youngsters in the team.
Selectors said that they will look at alternatives if Dhoni doesn't perform.
In a press-conference, chief selector MSK Prasad was non-committal about Dhoni's selection in the squad for the 2019 World Cup. He said, "We will see, we will see. The legend that he is, we don't want to make it.... but yes we have a plan."
MSK Prasad said that there is a possibility that 36-year-old Dhoni could achieve what legendary tennis player Andre Agassi achieved after turning 30.
Prasad said, "I was just reading Andre Agassi's book, Open, his life actually started after 30 years. Till then he won two or three. But he played till 36 and he won so many Grand Slams. So you never know. "
As the team prepares for World Cup 2019, Prasad said that the team will now follow the rotation policy.
He said, "We have identified some set of players who will be considered for next 4-5 months and we will rotate them. After those 4-5 months we will come to a picture that these are certain players who will go on to play 2019 WC."
Prasad also clarified that Yuvraj Singh has been rested and and not dropped. He added that the selection committee is trying to select the best possible team by giving everyone a chance to play.
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