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Mahendra Singh Dhoni To Be Ignored For South Africa Series, Reports

Mahendra Singh Dhoni has not yet made his presence on the cricket field after the World Cup semi-final loss. There were talks of Dhoni’s retirement but Dhoni has not taken any retirement yet. However, fresh news is there that Dhoni will again not be seen in the T20I series against South Africa.

After West Indies tour which is ending 3rd September, team India will play 3-match T20 series against South Africa starting 15th September in Dharamshala. Selectors will pick the team for this home series on 4th September.

Dhoni Unlikely To Get Place

According to reports Mahendra Singh Dhoni to be ignored for the series as selectors want to give maximum chances to Rishabh Pant before 2020 T20 World Cup. A senior BCCI official said, “There are only 22 T20 Internationals before India play their first World T20 game and selectors are clear in their vision that it’s time to move forward,”

The official further said, “Retirement is an individual decision and selectors or for that matter, no one has any right to decide on that front. But they have every right to decide the roadmap for the 2020 World T20 and that’s to give Rishabh Pant maximum chances,”

Ahead of the Windies tour, selectors confirmed that Rishabh Pant will play as the no.1 keeper. Now, Selectors are looking to create a pool of 3 wicket-keepers; Rishabh Pant and other two names could be Sanju Samson and Ishan Kishan.

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Mid retirement speculation, MS Dhoni had made himself unavailable for the Windies tour to serve his duties in Army. In Dhoni’s absence, Rishabh Pant holds on the main wicket-keeper’s duty in all formats. However, he failed in most of the occasions during the tour.

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