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Dhoni unlikely for next tour, to be part of transitioning phase

July 18, 2019

Mahendra Singh Dhoni, one of cricket's biggest icons, has been criticised a lot for his low scoring rate and slow knocks. Latest reports are that Dhoni, who was expected to retire after India's exit from World Cup 2019, has made himself unavailable for full tour of the West Indies.

Speaking to the Times Of India., a cricket official said,

MS will not go to the West Indies. Going forward, he will not travel with the team within India or overseas as the first-choice wicketkeeper. Rishabh Pant will take over and there will be a grooming window for him until he settles down. During this time, MS will help in the transition. For all you know, he could be part of the 15 but not part of the 11. This team needs a guiding hand on multiple fronts and wishing MS away is clearly unhealthy. - BCCI official

Dhoni will participate in a "transitioning phase" of Indian cricket, according to the news report. During the World Cup, India won seven of the eight games with the one against New Zealand getting called off due to rain. They lost to England, but still managed to top the table with 15 points from nine matches.

During the tournament, Dhoni scored 273 runs in eight innings. But his 50-run knock in the semi-final against New Zealand could not help India win. The Indian team for next month's tour of the West Indies will be announced on 19 July.

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