Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar feels MS Dhoni, who has of late been struggling with form, should play domestic cricket when India is playing Test matches ahead of limited-overs cricket. Also Read - MS Dhoni Daughter Cleaning The Lawn During COVID-19 Lockdown is Unmissable | WATCH VIDEO
In 2018, Dhoni has scored just 189 runs at a dismal average of 27 in the nine ODIs he has played for India. Even in the ongoing Asia Cup tournament, Dhoni has managed to score just 41 runs in three matches which included a duck against Hong Kong. Also Read - Hanuma Vihari Names MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli as Best Captains Amid COVID-19 Lockdown
His batting form has been a concern for the team with many former cricketers even suggesting that the team management should look at younger options like that of Rishabh Pant going in the 2019 World Cup slated to be held in England. Also Read - Best Finisher MS Dhoni Owns Lasith Malinga in IPL: Scott Styris
“Absolutely (when asked if Dhoni should feature in domestic cricket). Dhoni should be playing domestic cricket and should be playing the four-day games as well because he will help so many of the emerging players from Jharkhand.
“I know he travels with the team (Jharkhand), he acts as their mentor but to actually have him playing with them is a great inspiration. He will be a great inspiration to the younger players in the team,” Gavaskar told India Today.
Dhoni amassed 455 runs in 16 IPL games this year at an average of 75.83 with three half-centuries. After the IPL, the 37-year-old has managed scores of 37, 42, 0, 33 and 8.”In the 50-over game you have limited opportunities but if you play a four-day game and play a long innings its great for your stamina, for your legs, for the rhythm that you want in limited-overs cricket,” Gavaskar added.
Dhoni has often had to face the wrath of both the former cricketers as well as fans. On one occasion at Lord’s this year during the second ODI against England which India lost, he was even booed by the frustrated fans due to his 59-ball 37 in a steep chase of 323.
The wicketkeeper-batsman was back at the helm after 696 days as India captain in the last match against Afghanistan which saw interim skipper Rohit Sharma being rested. The match, which was Dhoni’s 200th ODI as India captain, ended in a thrilling tie.