After the defeat in the 2019 World Cup semi-final against New Zealand, India's dream of winning the World Cup for the third time was shattered. After being out of India's World Cup, it was believed that veteran wicket-keeper batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni would retire from international cricket. So far Dhoni has not announced his retirement. It is revealed that Captain Virat Kohli has requested Dhoni to stay in the Twenty20 World Cup 2020.
According to the report printed in the DNA, a close source of Kohli told that Virat Kohli had prevented Dhoni from taking immediate retirement, after which he changed his mind. Virat feels Dhoni is fit and he can play T-20 World Cup next year.
Rishabh Pant has been selected in the team by keeping the T20 World Cup in mind. However, team management does not want Dhoni to take retirement during this period. Team management believes that if Dhoni retires and Pant becomes injured, then there will be an emptiness in the sense of the World Cup, which will be difficult to fill. Indian team management does not want any other wicketkeeper in the team.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik and KL Rahul were four wicketkeepers in Team India in World Cup 2019. But now the selectors have made it clear that seeing the future, they are looking at Pant as a wicketkeeper. Perhaps this is the reason why Rishabh Pant is the only wicketkeeper on the tour of the West Indies. In such a situation, Dhoni will be with the team, but in the role of a mentor.
A few days ago a team India official had said, "If Pant is injured then who is his choice. Frankly, none of the names we have on the other side are worth the time to face Dhoni. Yes, no one can deny that Pant is the future of the team and they should be tried in all formats, but Dhoni's guidance and presence are also very important.