MS Dhoni News: Team India should look beyond MS Dhoni for World T20 in 2020- Former Cricketers

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MS Dhoni news: In the second T20I against New Zealand in Rajkot, the Black Caps posted a total of 196/2 after the play of 20 over.  Team India lost their top order batsman cheaply while chasing, Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan could not even reach the double digits, in-comes the former Indian skipper in the 10th over to join Virat Kohli at the other end.

 Chasing the target of 197, MS Dhoni failed to accelerate when India need 10 to 12 runs per over the win the match. While on the other hand Virat Kohli was looking in a fine touch, but as the Dhoni couldn’t striker the pressure started mounting up. More updates on MS Dhoni News.

Virat kohli got dismissed in the 17th over of the match by scoring 65 odd runs, but it seems Dhoni’s failourin the other end played a part in Virat’s dismissal. Though MS Dhoni connected a few biggies at the end, but it was too late to the Indian team to recover. 

Former Indian fast bowler Ajit Agarkar believes Dhoni needed to be dropped from India’s T20I squad and youngsters should get their chance. “India need to look at other options in T20 cricket for sure. ODI cricket, at the moment, they [Team India] seem to be happy with the role he [Dhoni] is playing. When he was captain, it was fine. But as a pure batsman, will India miss him? I don’t think so. In T20 cricket, it’s a lot easier to make the transition. There is enough experience apart from MS Dhoni now,” Agarkar said during ESPNCricinfo’s post-match 

“It’s not necessarily because of an innings tonight. He’s been batting like this for a while. In T20I cricket, it’s easier to move on. Sometimes the youngsters can do the job as well “It would have been still difficult to chase down that score. You had a chance if MS got going immediately. That’s been his problem for a while. He takes a little bit of time, but T20 cricket, there is no time,” he further added.

Meanwhile, Akash Chopra said “Everybody keeps saying that MS Dhoni will be there for the 2019 World Cup. Do we know that there is a World T20 in 2020, one year after the 50-over World Cup? If he is not going to be there, which is a possibility, then why not look for somebody else. Just groom somebody while he is there in the 50-over format,” 

“Today, it was not great. He did not just have to rotate strike. That was not good enough. If we need about 12-13 an over, taking a single is not going to work, even if Virat gets a boundary, it will not be enough. So you need to strike from both ends from ball one — it happens once in awhile in T20I cricket, Dhoni was just looking to get singles instead of hitting the big ones. Kohli felt the pressure and eventually he got dismissed,” he further added.

Former great VVS Laxman also insisted Dhoni should only be the part of 50 over cricket “In T20s, MS Dhoni’s role is at No 4. He requires more time to get his eye in and then do the job. But today [Saturday] was a classical example because when Virat Kohli was batting, Dhoni had to give strike to Kohli. Kohli’s strike rate was 160, MS Dhoni’s strike rate was 80. That’s not good enough when India were chasing a mammoth total,” Laxman said.

He added: “I still feel it’s time for MS Dhoni to give youngsters a chance in T20 format. It will be an opportunity for a youngster to blossom and get confidence playing international cricket. He is definitely an integral part of ODI cricket.”