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December 3, 2020

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BCCI cannot be thankful enough for what MS Dhoni has done: Sourav Ganguly


BCCI president Sourav Ganguly revealed Indian cricket officals have held discussions with MS Dhoni, who has not played international cricket since India’s semi-final defeat in the 2019 World Cup in England.

MS Dhoni, who led India to two World Cup titles in 2007 and 2011 and oversaw a Champions Trophy victory in 2013, has struggled with the bat in ODIs and T20 Internationals over the last two years.

MS Dhoni, who retired from Test cricket in 2014, gave up India’s limited-overs captaincy in January 2017. After a brief spark with the bat, Dhoni has faced criticism over his poor strike rate in the shorter formats.

Dhoni’s strike rate was a major concern during the World Cup earlier this year and several experts raised questions over his tactics during a steep chase against England.

Dhoni played a gutsy knock and shared a brave partnership with Ravindra Jadeja in the semi-final but failed to get India over the line against a determined New Zealand. Since July, Dhoni has missed India’s tours of West Indies and did not feature in limited-overs matches against South Africa and Bangladesh at home.

MS Dhoni was also not named in the T20I and ODI sides for the series against West Indies starting December 6.

Speaking at India Today Conclave East, Sourav Ganguly said he would not want to divulge everything but added he has had a chat with Dhoni.

“I can’t say this here. We have had discussions with MS Dhoni. We will leave it at that. Somebody of that stature of MS Dhoni any respect. The BCCI can’t be thankful enough for what he has done to Indian cricket. I have always said it’s on MS Dhoni at the moment. It’s on MS Dhoni. We will address that as and when it comes. Things should remain in closed doors, especially when it comes to dealing with legendary names.

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