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 ex-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.
'Captain Cool' Dhoni is a Lt Col of the Indian Territorial Army. As per reports, MSD will be spending a better part of the next two months with his regiment.
According to a top BCCI official, the 2011 World Cup-winning skipper has made himself unavailable for the West Indies tour as he will be spending two months with his paramilitary regiment.
The veteran wicket-keeper batsman had revealed this decision to the Board of Control for Cricket in India ahead of Sunday's selection committee meeting.
As the 38-year-old has backed out from the tour, youngster Rishabh Pant will be the first choice wicket-keeper in all the three formats i.e. T20I's, ODI's & Tests while Wriddhiman Saha will also be roped in for the Test series.
The last time Mahi was seen was during India's semi-final loss against New Zealand in the recently concluded ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. He had scored a 72-ball 50 and shared a 116-run seventh wicket along with Ravindra Jadeja after the Men In Blue were tottering at 92/6.
Just when it looked like they would register a famous win for India, Jadeja lost his wicket. But, all hopes were not lost until Dhoni was there in the middle. It seemed that he had unleashed his power-hitting abilities in the penultimate over bowled by Lockie Ferguson when he struck a maximum. However, a sharp throw from Martin Guptill hit the bull's eye and replays showed that Dhoni was short of his crease. His dismissal ended India's hopes and while he walked back to the pavilion with a crestfallen face, it seemed that it was the last time MSD would be seen in Indian colours.