Mahendra Singh Dhoni at this 12 months’s IPL can be a speaking level however the tournament can not be a selection trial for the enigmatic former India captain, reckons former pacer Ashish Nehra.
Dhoni has retired from Test cricket and has not performed for India within the restricted overs format since final 12 months’s World Cup, the place India ended as semi-finalists.
His comeback and retirement has been a matter of intense hypothesis. His much-awaited comeback is anticipated to be with Chennai Super Kings on the upcoming IPL, set to be held within the UAE from 19 September.
“For me, MS Dhoni’s game never came down,” Nehra mentioned on Star Sports’ present Cricket Connected.
“If MS Dhoni is ready to play, he’ll be my No. 1 name on the list” – Ashish Nehra
— Star Sports (@StarSportsIndia) August 2, 2020
“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 but I don’t think this IPL makes any difference in MS Dhoni’s stature or his aura as a player,” added the 41-year-old Nehra, who performed 17 Tests and 120 ODIs.
“I don’t think a tournament like the IPL should be MS Dhoni’s selection criteria, it’s probably just a talking point,”
Nehra mentioned Dhoni would stay the primary alternative of any captain, if he’s out there.
“As far as MS Dhoni’s international career 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 and MS Dhoni…if he is ready to play, he will be my number one name on the list,” he mentioned.
The former left-arm pacer mentioned gamers should behave responsibly throughout the IPL to keep away from protocol breaches like that by England’s Jofra Archer throughout the just lately concluded England-West Indies collection.
Archer had breached the bio-secure protocols and was dropped from the aspect for the second Test.
Nehra mentioned such a breach throughout an eight-team IPL would be a much bigger downside to sort out.
“We have seen one incident of Jofra Archer on what occurred, so we hope that these sorts of the incidents do not occur. That was a bilateral collection the place the groups are staying on the floor.
“Either you discuss Southampton or Old Trafford, there are motels on the floor. But within the IPL that is not the case, so all of the gamers should assist BCCI should assist IPL in organising issues higher.
“It’s not going to be straightforward, it is going to be a hell of a job simply to organise the tournament (IPL) since you’re speaking about eight groups. Yes, the nice factor is that one will not be required to take flights and every part will be by highway, so every part will be shut so everyone should actually assist the authorities.