India’s World Cup winning skipper MS Dhoni distanced himself from India’s tour of West Indies because of an injury. The national selection committee chose Rishabh Pant for the tour in place of the veteran.
In the time of team announcement, chief selector MSK Prasad stated,“See retirement is purely individual. A legendary cricketer like MS Dhoni, they know when to retire but what is the future course of action, what is the roadmap that we will have to create, look at, is in hands of the selection committee“.
Virendra Sehwag feels that the national selection committee should talk to MS Dhoni vis-a-vis his future. “That is Dhoni’s personal call. If he thinks he is fit and can contribute like he used to, then why not continue. But if the selectors think that MSD can’t contribute, then they should tell him that we are giving you this last series. That should be communicated", said Sehwag to Hindustan Times.
Virendra Sehwag was dropped from the Indian team in 2013 and was never able to book his place in the squad. Because of the lack of communication with the selectors, he didn’t even get a chance to play his retirement game.
“That communication should always be there between the selectors and the player. Don’t know whether the selectors have [that communication] or not. We have only read MSK [Prasad] giving a statement about selectors conveying to MSD that he is not their first choice. So, that means they’ll pick Pant first and then if they have to pick a second keeper, they’ll pick Dhoni. That is not possible. After a time, Dhoni should decide and speak to selectors and ask for a retirement game. That is when he feels it is the right time to quit,” said Sehwag
“Not the board, but the selectors. I think the selectors should speak to players. Communication has been a problem. Nobody communicated with me. I feel there were others too like me.“, Sehwag added.