Virender Sehwag questions Dhoni's comeback in international cricket
Former Indian opener Virender Sehwag feels the comeback of MS Dhoni in Team India would not be a cake walk even after a successful IPL campaign. According to the 41-year-old, the incumbent team composition, which includes the likes of Rishabh Pant and KL Rahul doesn't make room for Dhoni. Sehwag also stated that both Pant and Rahul can't be snubbed in the present scenario.
Dhoni hasn't played competitive cricket since July 2019
The World Cup-winning captain has been away from competitive cricket since India's semi-final exit from the ICC World Cup 2019. He served the Indian army for two weeks as a part of his prolonged sabbatical and later made himself unavailable for several bilateral limited-overs series. The 38-year-old was also removed from the list of centrally contracted players recently.
IPL 2020 will be crucial for Dhoni's comeback
The impending IPL edition was deemed Dhoni's final audition in order to rekindle the comeback hopes. He was seen recently seen practicing in the training camps of Chennai Super Kings at the MA Chidambaram Stadium earlier this month. Dhoni received an electrifying welcome in the first practice session and treated his fans with some mighty blows. He later departed after the cancellation of camps.
Rahul has been the preferred wicket-keeper in ODIs and T20Is
The dejected Rishabh Pant lost his place in the limited overs to KL Rahul earlier this year. Rahul, who donned the wicket-keeping gloves in the recent matches, has been in sublime touch with the bat. However, he was not picked for the New Zealand Test series with Wriddhiman Saha on the sidelines. Pant featured in both the Tests, having scored 60 from four innings.
Sehwag vouches for Pant and Rahul
"Where will he fit in? With the likes of Rishabh Pant and KL Rahul already in form, especially the latter performing exceptionally well of late, I think there is no reason why we should not stick with them," Sehwag was quoted as saying by India.com.
Every batsman in the world undergoes lean patch, feels Sehwag
Sehwag also believes Indian captain Virat Kohli will soon make a turnaround after a horrific New Zealand tour. Kohli averaged 9.50 in the two-match Test series, his lowest overseas. "Kohli is a class batsman but that has happened to all the great batsmen in different eras be it Sachin Tendulkar, Steven Waugh, Jacques Kallis or Ricky Ponting," Sehwag said.