The upcoming IPL season was to play a key role in deciding whether MS Dhoni returns to the national team or not. With the future of the league hanging in balance, Dhoni might have to wait before making his comeback and it also remains to be seen how the relatively new selection panel deals with this.
While the fans wait for an official word from Dhoni, Harsha Bhogle, who is regarded as the voice of Indian cricket, has opined that his India ambitions might be over.
“My gut feel is that his (Dhoni’s) India ambitions might be over. I don’t think Dhoni would have been looking to September-October for the T20 World Cup. Maybe if he just had a great IPL but my gut feel is that was beyond him,” he told Cricbuzz.
“I still do believe so that Dhoni wanted to turn out desperately for CSK. The reason I think so. Last year towards the end of the IPL, towards the end of the league stage I got an opportunity f doing a couple of post-match presentations and there was Dhoni and he wasn’t holding back at the presentations which were normally three-four minutes but this one seven to nine minutes almost and when Dhoni is in that talkative mode we don’t stop him,” Bhogle added.
Dhoni hasn’t played a competitive game since July 2019. He first made himself unavailable for the West Indies tour and later pulled out of home T20Is against South Africa as well. Dhoni was expected to return for Bangladesh T20Is but he gave the full home season a miss.