Former India skipper, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, has given us an update on his return to action and there is a lot to be speculated. Dhoni has extended his break from cricket, adding two months to his already two-month long absence from the game. As per a report, Dhoni will now be available for selection in November and Rishabh Pant will probably remain India's main wicket-keeper till then. Dhoni's last stint as a cricketer was being part of the Indian squad in the 2019 Cricket World Cup.
When Dhoni announced his break from cricket, the world took it as a sign that the former India captain was signalling towards a very sober exit from the game. Dhoni was serving with the Victor Corps in the Indian Army while the world speculated on his future. Recently, a social media post from Virat Kohli sparked rumours about Dhoni's retirement. Sakshi Dhoni, Chennai Super Kings, and India chairman of selectors MSK Prasad, all came out and said that all such rumours were false and Dhoni's retirement is not on the cards, at least for now.
This implied that Dhoni would definitely be returning to cricket but it was not known when. The extension of Dhoni's rest period rules out his participation in the forthcoming Vijay Hazare Trophy and the Bangladesh T20 series. It is probable that Dhoni may return in December when the West Indies visit India for a T20 series and wrap off his International career. The first match of that tournament is at the iconic Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai and it could be a great opportunity for Dhoni to treat the crowd to a classic inning of his, one last time. As much as these thoughts fascinate, it is also important to keep in mind that they are purely speculative and Dhoni's presence in the Indian team is only dependent on Dhoni's own decision.
MS Dhoni's place in the Indian side has been questioned by critics and experts for a while now. Sunil Gavaskar recently mentioned in an interview how Dhoni's age is a very big factor in his selection and how he should leave the game on his own terms rather than being "pushed out". Pant, the 21-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman, has been at the end of a lot of speculation as he does look like India's next primary wicketkeeper. A lot of experts have spoken on how they think Pant should be trained before next year's T20 World Cup. A lot of questions will be answered when Dhoni takes a call on his career and this may be vital to India's preparation for the 2020 ICC WT20.