Former fast bowler Ashish Nehra believes that Indian Premier League (IPL) is not a selection trial for Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Dhoni will not have much difference with this tournament. There will be no difference in his stature or fame.
Dhoni last played against New Zealand in the semi-finals of One Day World Cup on 10 July. Now he is going to return from IPL after 14 months. Dhoni is the captain of Chennai Super Kings. The IPL will be held in the UAE from 19 September to 8 November.
‘There was no shortage in Dhoni’s game’
Nehra said in the Star Sports show Cricket Connected, “I believe that Dhoni’s game has not decreased. He knows how to lead the team and how to lead the youth forward. I don’t have to repeat these things again and again, but I don’t think that Dhoni’s stature or reputation as a player will be affected by this IPL. ”
He said, “I don’t think a tournament like IPL should be a trial for Dhoni’s selection, it’s just a matter of talking.” “Nehra said that Dhoni will remain the first choice for anyone as a captain, if he is playing.”
Dhoni is not only a friend, but also a guide and mentor: Raina
A video message of Suresh Raina was shared by Chennai Super Kings on Twitter. In this, Raina said, “Thank you to the Chennai team for creating such beautiful memories for us.” Dhoni Bhai is not only my friend, but also a guide, mentor and always a companion in difficult times. Thank you Mahi Bhai. Happy Friendship Day. See you soon
Dhoni’s international career has nothing to do with IPL: Nehra
Nehra said, “As far as Dhoni’s international career is concerned, I don’t think this IPL has anything to do with it. If you are a selector, captain or coach and Dhoni is ready to play, then he will be the first player in my list.
Protocol must be strictly followed in IPL
He said that players in the IPL have to follow protocol strictly so that the mistake made by Jofra Archer during the England-West Indies series which took place last month could not happen in the tournament. Archer went home breaking the Bio-Secure protocol after the first test. He was then dropped from the second Test.
IPL will be challenged more than England-West Indies series
Nehra said that there are 8 teams in the IPL. In such a situation, handling them will be a big challenge. In the series between England and West Indies, we have seen the incident of Joffra Archery. There were only two teams. If such an incident does not happen, everyone will have to support the Board of Control for Cricket in India. However, it is a good thing that one does not have to travel by air to go to any stadium. Rather, staying in the same hotel, everyone will be able to go to the stadium by bus.