Posted 22 Jul, 2019 | Sports
Why was Dhoni not selected? What do you have to say?Add Answer
Dhoni has never been a T20I great. He has, for some reason, not been able to replicate his success with the bat when playing for India.
But here is the problem.
He has also been a T20 great for Chennai Super Kings (CSK) having led them to three IPL and two Champions League T20 titles. He has the highest average for CSK and a strike rate in excess of 140.
He has led India to victory in three major world tournaments – 2007 World T20, 2011 World Cup and the 2013 Champions Trophy.
Dhoni belongs to a select club-50 of just 7 batsmen in ODI cricket history – batsmen who average above 50 (min. 40 ODIs and 1000 runs).
He is a legendary ODI batsman – among the greatest of all-time in the format. 10773 runs in 297 innings at an average of 50.57 and strike rate of 87.56 including 10 hundreds and 73 fifties – these are phenomenal numbers especially for a batsman who has batted at number 5 or below for a majority of his career.
First, let us get this out of the way – Dhoni is an all-time great of the game.
The opinion is divided. Loyalists say he should stay and play till the 2020 World T20 in Australia and be given the freedom to retire at his own time while others are of the opinion that he is past his peak and should have called it a day few years back. Yet some others want him to be axed based on his numbers post the 2015 World Cup and his ability and ‘intent’ to hit the long ball in the death overs – evidence of which or the lack of it we saw in the recently concluded World Cup.
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These are the million dollar questions circulating around MS Dhoni in Indian cricket circles.
Will he retire? When will he retire? Has he already stretched his stay?
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