Dhoni’s India chances very bleak if IPL doesn’t happen, says Srikkanth

Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s chances of being picked in India’s T20 World Cup squad will be “very bleak” if the IPL doesn’t take place, says Kris Srikkanth.

M. S. Dhoni has led Chennai Super Kings to three IPL titles.   -  AFP

Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s chances of being picked in India’s T20 World Cup squad will be “very, very bleak” if the 13th IPL doesn’t take place, former chairman of selectors Kris Srikkanth said on Saturday without mincing words.

“I am not going to be diplomatic. I am talking about if I was the chairman of the selection committee, what would I do. If the IPL does not happen then his (Dhoni’s) chances are very, very bleak,” said Srikkanth on Star Sports’ show Cricket Connected.

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Dhoni last played for India in the World Cup semi-final against New Zealand last July.

The 60-year-old Srikkanth said that the interest of the team should come ahead of an individual, even if it involves an achiever like Dhoni.

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The 1983 World Cup winner reasoned, “Because straightaway, in my opinion, KL Rahul will be the wicket keeper-batsman. Rishabh Pant, I still think he might be a bit of a doubt, but I believe that Rishabh Pant is highly talented.

“So, I wouldn’t mind taking him along with the squad, but definitely if the IPL doesn’t happen, then Dhoni will have a difficult time getting back into the team for the T20 World Cup.”

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