Edited By Tarun Vats | TimesOfIndia.com | Updated: 24 Jul 2020, 05:41:00 PM IST
- Dhoni has not played any international match since World Cup semi-final against New Zealand in July-2019.
- Jones said the break could prove beneficial for former India captain Dhoni
- Dhoni is the only captain to win 2007 World T20, 2011 ODI World Cup and 2013 Champions Trophy
- Jones also said, the biggest problem of the Indian team is still a finisher
Akash Dasgupta, New Delhi
A question about the former Team India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is going on in crores of Indian cricket lovers, will he return or not? His fans in India and around the world are hoping that Dhoni, who won all three ICC Trophies (2007 World T20, 2011 ODI World Cup and 2013 Champions Trophy), will be seen returning to international cricket.
The 39-year-old Dhoni has not played any international matches since the World Cup semi-final defeat against New Zealand in July last year. At first most people thought that they just want to take a break but there were reports that they have some injuries too. He also practiced in the Nets for a while in Ranchi, but he continued to declare himself unavailable in series one after another, leading to questions as to whether he would announce retirement.
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Now the ICC has officially postponed the T20 World Cup and there is every hope that that window can be used for the IPL. Former Australian cricketer Dean Jones feels that this break will prove beneficial for Dhoni.
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He told our colleague Times of India.com, 'It seems that Indian selectors Rishabh Pant and KL Rahul are going to get a chance at the moment. If Dhoni performs brilliantly in IPL, it will be difficult for both of them but if he does not do well then maybe the door may be closed for him.
Jones added, 'This break could be a great one for Dhoni. In fact, the break has been good enough for him if he wants to make a comeback. I believe it is more difficult to come back after the break as you get older. '
When Dhoni made his return to the Chennai Super Kings camp, the fans raised hopes that if he does well in the IPL, he can be back in Team India. Head coach Ravi Shastri also said that if Dhoni does better in the IPL, then his team can be back in India. At the same time, former Chief Selector MSK Prasad said that Dhoni will have to prove himself for the comeback.
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Jones, who has scored over 9000 runs with 11 Tests and 7 ODI centuries in his career, said, “He (Dhoni) is a superstar. He is 'great'. I have always felt with great people that they have to let them do what they want to do. '
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The BCCI also dropped him from the Central Contract List in January this year. When Dhoni decided that he no longer wanted to continue playing the Test, he announced his retirement to Australia when he was captaining during the 2014 Test series.
Regarding the 'finisher', Jones said, 'India's biggest problem is still a finisher. Who is your finisher? Hearty Pandya – Yes. Just you need balance. ' Dhoni is also called Mr. Finisher and has played a key role in winning the match many times.