How 'Strategy Dhoni' saw the end of Ganguly, Dravid, Sehwag and Gambhir’s ODI career

Dhoni's international future will be a major topic of discussion when the selectors will sit to pick India's squad for West Indies tour on July 21.

MS Dhoni | Getty

MS Dhoni's retirement speculations have been the talk of the town ever since India’s ouster from the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. Report claims that Dhoni is not in the scheme of things for next year’s T20 World Cup and thus he won’t be an automatic pick any more.

The ball is now on selectors’ court whether to drop Dhoni or pick him for the West Indies tour, starting August 3. The MSK Prasad-led selection committee is scheduled to meet on Sunday (July 20) to choose squads for the Caribbean tour wherein India will play three T20 Internationals, as many ODIs and two Tests.

There is no doubt that it will be a tough decision for the selection panel to left out Dhoni. But the 2011 World Cup winning skipper had himself taken those bold decisions to build a strong Indian side, as reported by Times of India.

Before the 2008 tri-series in Australia, Dhoni had taken a daring move of proposing selectors to drop legends like Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid from the ODI squad due to their inefficiency in the fielding department.

India eventually ended up winning the tri-series and players like Gautam Gambhir and Rohit Sharma established themselves in the international arena.

Likewise, Dhoni also had taken a gamble of playing only two of Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar and Gautam Gambhir during the 2012 CB series in Australia, claiming that the trio were 'slow movers' on the field.


By Salman Anjum - 20 Jul, 2019

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