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Selector speaks: Dhoni not available

Retirement is purely individual. A legendary cricketer like MS Dhoni knows when to retire.

ET Bureau|
Jul 21, 2019, 11.27 PM IST
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Chief selector MSK Prasad addressed various issues after announcing the squads for the West Indies tour. Here are his takes on some of the key issues:

ON DHONI’S FUTURE
Retirement is purely individual. A legendary cricketer like MS Dhoni knows when to retire. What is the future course of action that is in the hands of the selection committee. I don’t think we need to discuss anything more on it. First of all he (Dhoni) is not available. Second, we have already started grooming youngsters.”

ON RAYUDU’S EXCLUSION
“When we pick any player and he does well, we feel so happy for him. Similarly when somebody who goes out in this way, the selection committee also feels for it. But having said that, with regards to the decision taken, it has been completely devoid of any bias or any favouritism into why we have picked Vijay Shankar, Rishabh Pant or Mayank Agarwal also. That (Rayudu’s exclusion) doesn’t make the selection committee or me biased about any particular person. We know how emotional Rayudu is, we are also emotional. We as excricketers, also feel for him.”

ON KARTHIK’S EXCLUSION
“We had certain roadmaps till World Cup and we subsequently have some plans and we want to groom Pant and that is the plan right now. Pant hasn’t done anything wrong for his noninclusion in the playing XI.”

ON SAHA’S INCLUSION

“Pant will be playing all the three formats so we will have to look for his workload management. Saha and KS Bharat will come into picture at some point. In the longer format, KS Bharat was very, very close to getting selected. We have an unwritten norm when a senior cricketer is injured, he should get a comeback opportunity. That’s what we have given to Saha.”

ON SENDING MAYANK TO WORLD CUP
“In between any series I don’t do press conference and that has led to speculations. When Dhawan got injured, we already had a third opener in KL. We didn’t have a left hander at top so the team management had requested for a left-hander and we had no option other than Pant. It confused many why middleorder came in for opener. Again why an opener for Vijay Shankar. When Shankar was injured, Rahul had a big fall at the boundary so there was a medical emergency on whether he will continue or not. At that time a written communication was given that a backup opener was needed. That is when we went to Mayank.”
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