Saturday, August 15, 2020
News

IPL has nothing to do with Dhoni's int'l career, says Nehra

   SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend    Print this Page   COMMENT

New Delhi | Sunday, 2020 7:15:06 PM IST
Former India fast-bowler Ashish Nehra feels the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) will have no bearing on Mahendra Singh Dhoni's international career.

Dhoni last played for Team India in the semifinal of the 2019 ICC World Cup in Manchester where they sufferred a heartbreaking 18-run defeat at the hands of New Zealand.

It was being touted that Dhoni's performance at this year's IPL could help him seal a spot in the squad for T20 World Cup. However, due to coronavirus pandemic, the IPL was initially postponed indefinitely before BCCI finally deciding to host the tournament in UAE starting September 19.

The decision to do so came after ICC postponed the T20 World Cup, which was scheduled to take place Down Under from October 18 to November 15.

"As far as M.S. Dhoni's international career is concerned I don't think this IPL has anything to do with it. If you're a selector, you're a captain, you're a coach then the most important thing is that if he is ready to play, he will be my number one name on the list," Nehra said on Star Sports' show Cricket Connected.

"As much as I know M.S. Dhoni, I think he has played his last game for India happily. Dhoni has nothing to prove."

"And we all discuss these things as media people you can say because he has not announced his retirement, so that's where may be I think he will take a call and only he can tell what's in his mind," he added.

Nehra also pointed towards Dhoni's innings in the World Cup semifinal against New Zealand and stated till he was in the middle, India had a chance of progressing into the final.

"For me, M.S. Dhoni's game never came down. In the last game that he played, India had a chance of reaching the World Cup final till the time M.S. Dhoni was there and the minute he got run out everybody lost hope," Nehra recalled.

"So it shows where his game was even at that time. He knows how to run the team, he knows how to push youngsters forward and all these things I don't need to repeat again and again.

"I don't think this IPL makes any difference in M.S. Dhoni's stature or his aura as a player. I don't think a tournament like the IPL should be Dhoni's selection criteria, it's probably just a talking point," he added.

--IANS pks/rs/

( 424 Words)

2020-08-02-13:22:31 (IANS)

 
  LATEST COMMENTS ()
POST YOUR COMMENT
Comments Not Available
 
POST YOUR COMMENT
 
 
TRENDING TOPICS
 
 
CITY NEWS
MORE CITIES
 
 
 
MORE SPORTS NEWS
Dhoni, other CSK players reach Chennai f...
Sarina Wiegman appointed England women's...
Kolkata to host 2020/21 season of I-Leag...
England best one-day side in the world: ...
Mercedes set the pace again as Hamilton,...
'Lack of competitions challenging for th...
More...
 
INDIA WORLD ASIA
'Khalistan flag' unfurled on govt buildi...
Delhi: Tight security arrangements in pl...
AIIMS doctor found hanging in his house ...
Covid-19 dominates President's speech on...
Renew commitment to build united nation ...
2 terror associates arrested in Kashmir...
More...    
 
 Top Stories
2 killed as wall of under-construct... 
India's forex reserves rise by over... 
Thiruvananthapuram DDMA issues guid... 
We will get freedom in its true mea... 
No one will be safe in Biden's Amer... 
TN records 5,890 more Covid cases, ... 
Karnataka slashes RT-PCR test rates... 
Trump orders ByteDance to divest in...