However, in an indication that he was gearing himself up for the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL), the 38-year-old cricketer on Thursday joined his state team of Jharkhand for a practice session in Ranchi.
Can Dhoni still play for India in ODIs and T20s?
The omission of Dhoni’s name from the BCCI annual contract does not mean he cannot make a comeback to the national squad. According to BCCI rules, if a player is not part of the annual contract but represents India in at least two matches during a one-year contract cycle, he is automatically placed in the Grade-C category, which entitles him to an annual salary of Rs 1 crore. Annual contracts are decided on the basis of recommendations from national selectors, who take into account the player’s performance in the previous year and the role he is expected to play in the following contract period.
Can Dhoni play T20 World Cup?
The head coach of the India cricket team
Ravi Shastri recently indicated Dhoni might end his ODI career soon, but he could still find a place in India’s T20 World Cup squad, subject to a good performance in IPL 2020.
Dhoni, who captains Chennai Super Kings
(CSK), has had an excellent IPL career, having led his side to the IPL title in three seasons. IPL 2019 was another great one for him. Helped by some of his memorable innings, CSK made it to the final of the tournament, even as its top order did not sparkle in several games. In the 15 matches he played last season, he scored 416 runs at a whopping average of 83.20 and a strike rate of 134.62, with three fifties and the highest score of 84.
Selectors’ take on Dhoni
Outgoing chief selector M S K Prasad has made his stance clear on Dhoni, saying the former captain — the only to have won two World Cup trophies for India — could now be picked up for the national side only on the basis of his performance in domestic cricket. However, Dhoni has not been playing domestic cricket for a while. He did not take part in the Syed Mustaq Ali T20 tournament in December and it is unclear if he will appear in the ongoing Ranji Trophy.
MS Dhoni’s international career
Dhoni is regarded as one of India’s most successful cricket captains. It was under his leadership that India won the inaugural T20 World Cup in 2007, and then the ODI World Cup in 2011. In his 16-year-long international career, Dhoni has played 90 Tests, 350 ODIs and 98 T20s for India. In ODIs, he has scored 10,773 runs at an average of 50.57, with his highest individual score being an unbeaten 183. In T20s, he has scored 1,617 runs at an average of 37.60 and a strike rate of 126.13.