Mahendra Singh Dhoni remains India’s number one wicket-keeping choice for the 2019 World Cup. One cannot rule out rich experience of Dhoni, currently it is being called that Dhoni is out of form.
But one has to agree if he manages to regain his lost form with the bat, his spot in the ODI squad will remain unchallenged. However, for the upcoming limited-overs series against West Indies, India might look beyond Dhoni and give a chance to young Rishabh Pant who has been able to get the back up of the selectors for the series. His good outing with the bat in his first Test also counts for his inclusion in the ODI series.
A number of senior players like Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay and Rohit Sharma were replaced by the youngsters in Prithvi Shaw and Mayank Agarwal for the ongoing Test series. Mohammed Siraj too earned his maiden Test call-up after senior pacers Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah were rested.
BCCI official hinted that Pant can be given a go in the ODI series in place of Dhoni, while confirming that despite Pant getting a nod, Dhoni will be India’s keeper for the World Cup next year.
“We all know that Dhoni will play till the World Cup but there is no harm in grooming Pant, who could be a terrific No.6 or 7 batsman, who has the ability to finish games,” a senior BCCI official privy to selection matters told leading news agency.