Amid speculations of wicketkeeper-batsman MS Dhoni's future plans in the game, the former skipper has revealed that he will not be available for selection for upcoming India's tour of West Indies. The decision of the former captain comes days after India was knocked out of the World Cup following a loss to New Zealand in the semi-finals of the showpiece tournament.
Right after the World Cup exit, rumors of the former skipper deciding to hang up his boots did viral rounds. However, Dhoni has indicated nothing as such and the latest update from him is that he will be skipping the tour of the West Indies.
The former skipper's manager had earlier dropped a huge hint, indicating that Dhoni is keen on joining the Indian security forces post his retirement and that he wants to actively pursue the forces.
'Captain Cool' Dhoni is a Lt Col of the Indian Territorial Army, a matter which became a big talking point in the beginning stages of the World Cup after he was spotted sporting the 'Balidaan Badge' Army insignia during the stumping of Andile Phehlukwayo in India's opener against South Africa. The regimental dagger is the insignia of the Indian Para Special Forces with whom Dhoni has also undergone a brief period of training. During the course of his training in Agra, Dhoni is believed to have done five parachute jumps during the training period.
Speculations of MS Dhoni joining the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) also passed around as leaders from the BJP made indications of the 2011 World Cup-winning captain willing to do so.
MS Dhoni played a crucial knock against the Kiwis, a 50-run knock that almost saw India to victory before he was run-out by Martin Guptill, bringing the curtains down on India's dream of lifting the Cup for the third time after 1983 and 2011.
Skipper Virat Kohli and pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah are expected to be rested for the limited-overs leg comprising three T20s and as many ODIs before returning for the two-Test series starting August 22. The five-day matches will be part of the inaugural World Test Championship.