With cloud hovering over the start of the cash-rich Indian Premier League due to the coronavirus outbreak, commentator Harsha Bhogle feels that former India skipper MS Dhoni’s India comeback could be over. Also Read - Happy Birthday Dinesh Karthik: Wishes Pour in as KKR Skipper Turns 35
For Dhoni, who has not played cricket since India’s loss in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 semi-final, IPL was meant to be his comeback platform for India selection for the upcoming T20 World Cup in Australia. Also Read - How Novel Coronavirus Affects Your Nervous System?
“My gut feel is that his (Dhoni’s) India ambitions might be over. I don’t think Dhoni would have been looking to September-October for the T20 World Cup. Maybe if he just had a great IPL but my gut feel is that was beyond him,” he told Cricbuzz. Also Read - Virus May be an Invisible Enemy, But Our COVID-19 Warriors Are Invincible: PM Modi
Bhogle recalls a post-match interview with Dhoni where he spoke for seven to nine minutes instead of his regular three to four minutes.
“I still do believe so that Dhoni wanted to turn out desperately for CSK. The reason I think so. Last year towards the end of the IPL, towards the end of the league stage I got an opportunity of doing a couple of post-match presentations and there was Dhoni and he wasn’t holding back at the presentations which were normally three-four minutes but this one seven to nine minutes almost and when Dhoni is in that talkative mode we don’t stop him,” Bhogle added.
Meanwhile, most major sporting events being postponed or canceled to keep the outbreak in control. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has clamped a 21-day nationwide lockdown to eradicate the spread of the virus.