IPL will decide Dhoni's future, says Shastri
A good IPL could still earn MS Dhoni a place in the Indian team for the 2020 World T20 Championship
India were one of the favourites to win the 2019 World Cup till a 15-minute spell from the New Zealand fast bowlers in Manchester changed everything and the world came crashing down for the Men in Blue in the semifinal stages of the showpiece event.
While the Test team have gone on to build a solid lead at the inaugural World Test Championships with emphatic wins over South Africa and Bangladesh at home, the white-ball team is now keeping an eye on next year's World T20 Championship with the future of the iconic MS Dhoni has been a matter of constant debate.
The 38-year-old wicketkeeper batsman has taken a break from the game following the 50-over World Cup and remained tight-lipped over his future.
But India's head coach Ravi Shastri has asked the media to stop speculating on the future of the former India captain.
"The past can't be changed, but the road ahead has the World T20 in 2020 and winning that will go a long way in establishing the invincibility tag that has been given to this team under skipper Virat Kohli," Shastri said.
"But then, a question on everyone's mind is whether MS Dhoni will take that flight. The coach wants one and all to wait, till the IPL.
"It all depends on when he starts playing and how he is playing during the IPL. What are the other people doing with the wicketkeeping gloves or what is the form of those players as opposed to Dhoni's form. The IPL becomes a massive tournament because that could be the last tournament after which more or less your 15 is decided," the Indian coach added.
"There might be one player who might be there and thereabouts in case of an injury or whatever. But your team I would say would be known after the IPL. What I would say is rather than speculating of who is where, wait for the IPL to get over and then you are in a position to take a call on who are the best 17 in the country," he said.
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