MSK Prasad defends MS Dhoni’s World Cup show: He was a big strength

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first_imgMSK Prasad defends MS Dhoni’s World Cup show: He was a big strengthSenior selection committee chairman stressed that MS Dhoni is still the best gloveman for India in the shorter formats of the game but maintained Rishabh Pant will get more opportunities across all three formats of the game in the near future.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiJuly 31, 2019UPDATED: July 31, 2019 17:58 IST MS Dhoni is still the best gloveman and finisher in limited-overs cricket in India, says MSK Prasad (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMS Dhoni was a big strength to team at World Cup 2019: MSK PrasadDhoni made himself unavailable for selection for the West Indies tourMSK Prasad has reiterated Rishabh Pant will be given more opportunities in all 3 formatsIndia’s senior selection committee chairman MSK Prasad has reiterated that MS Dhoni is still the best wicketkeeper and finisher in the shorter formats of the game in the country.MSK Prasad, responding to a question on wether the selectors compromised the balance of the Indian middle-order in order to fit in MS Dhoni, said the veteran wicketkeeper’s experience was key to Virat Kohli-led team at World Cup 2019 in England.Dhoni collected 273 runs from 9 matches at 45.50 but his approach in the middle-order was questioned. Dhoni took time to settle into his innings on most occassions. In the semi-final defeat to New Zealand MS Dhoni combined with Ravindra Jadeja to steer India out of trouble as the duo took the team from 92 for 6 to 208 for 7 in chase of 240. Dhoni hit a 72-ball 50 but was run out after he started to attack the New Zealand pacers at the death.”I can clearly say this that till today MS [Dhoni] is the best gloveman and finisher in India in the shorter formats. The others are still work in progress. MS was a big strength to this team in the World Cup both as a batsman and keeper, apart from sharing his vast experience with the team and captain while taking on-field decisions,” MSK Prasad told PTI.MS Dhoni was not considered for selection for India’s upcoming tour of West Indies, starting August 3 in the United States. Dhoni had approached the BCCI for a 2-month sabbatical during which he would serve the Paramilitary regiment of the Indian Army.advertisementReiterating that more chances will be given to Rishabh Pant across all formats of the game in the near future, MSK Prasad remained tight-lipped on wether MS Dhoni will be considered for selection once he makes himself available for the home series against South Africa and Bangladesh from September.Prasad had confirmed that MS Dhoni will not be available for selection for West Indies tour while maintaining that a legendary player like him should be allowed to go out on his own terms.”I have very clearly told post the selection of the Indian team against West Indies, that we have a plan post World Cup to give as many opportunities as possible to Rishabh and groom him so that he can grow in confidence and perform as per the requirements of the team,” MSK Prasad said.Pant has been picked as the first-choice wicketkeeper in all 3 formats for India’s tour of West Indies. Wriddhiman Saha, who is set to make his comeback after injury setbacks, has been selected as the back-up wicketkeeper in Tests.Also Read | Virat Kohli’s comments on Ravi Shastri will not influence CAC: Anshuman GaekwadAlso Read | Fighter Prithvi will come out of doping setback stronger: Childhood coachAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow MSK PrasadFollow MS DhoniFollow India tour of West Indies 2019Follow India cricket teamlast_img

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