Gautam Gambhir : "Difficult For MS Dhoni To Make Comeback If IPL Doesn't Happen"

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Previous India opener Gautam Gambhir says if Indian Premier League (IPL) isn't played for the current year, it will be hard for Mahendra Singh Dhoni to make a rebound to the Indian national group. Dhoni last played for India in the World Cup elimination round against New Zealand in July a year ago.

From that point forward he hasn't played any serious cricket and legends, for example, Sunil Gavaskar and Kapil Dev have just said that it's getting progressively hard for the previous Indian chief to make a universal return after such a delayed holiday.

He was relied upon to be found in real life at the current year's IPL however the odds of T20 class being played are remote because of the COVID-19.

"On the off chance that the IPL doesn't occur this year, at that point it will turn out to be exceptionally hard for MS Dhoni to make a rebound. On what premise can he (Dhoni) be chosen since he's not been playing for the last one or one and a half year," Gambhir said on Star Sports show 'Cricket Connected'.

The 38-year-old Gambhir picked K.L. Rahul, who has been keeping in ODIs, as an "able substitution" for Dhoni.

"Clearly his (Rahul's) keeping isn't in the same class as Dhoni's, yet in the event that you are taking a gander at T20 cricket, Rahul's an utility player, can keep and bat at No. 3 or 4. On the off chance that the IPL doesn't occur, at that point Dhoni's odds for a rebound look diminish. "Eventually, you are speaking to India, so whoever dishes out the best execution and can dominate the game for India should play for the group," included Gambhir.

The southpaw likewise felt that retirement was Dhoni's own choice.

"To the extent his retirement plans pass by, that is his own decision," said Gambhir.

Be that as it may, his previous colleague and test authority VVS Laxman feels that Dhoni can keep playing IPL.

"Not just this IPL, he (Dhoni) will presumably play in the following couple of IPLs, and afterward we will accept a call about his future as a cricketer," Laxman said on a similar show.

Nonetheless, Laxman, a veteran of 134 Tests, said that the new determination council, led by previous spinner Sunil Joshi, should talk about Dhoni's future with him.

"Dhoni will be clear, most definitely, I'm certain he more likely than not discussed that with (commander) Virat Kohli, (mentor) Ravi Shastri following the 2019 World Cup in England," said Laxman.


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