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Grooming Time For Rishav Panth

Mumbai :The Indian team has Rishabh Pant as the rightful successor for Dhoni and he has done well in the longest format when given chances. The kind of phase/form Dhoni is going through, it is very unfair for the likes of Pant, Ishan Kishan, Sanju Samson and KS Bharat as they get pushed down the pecking order.
 
Dhoni is 38 right now and it is pretty evident that he is not in plans of selectors for 2023 World Cup and even 2020 T20 WC with Pant already in team management's plans. The 20-year-old has proved himself in Indian Premier League in the past couple of years and his position in India's T20 WC squad is almost fixed. So, it will be the same selection blunder for Team India (2019 World Cup) to play with 2 wicketkeeper batsmen in playing XI if Dhoni continues to play on for India.
 
Without any doubt, Dhoni is one of the greatest match-winners and captains that India ever produced but it is time for him to take a decision on his career. Dhoni playing one or more year could hinder the chances of growth for the young wicketkeepers like Pant and Ishan Kishan as in the next World Cup, they might not be ready for the big challenge.
 
Even Dhoni did the same during the 2012 CB series when he decided to drop senior players to prepare the team for the 2015 World Cup. MS made up his mind in the CB series that he canít play with 3 senior player Ė Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir in the same team due to their fitness level which Gambhir himself revealed.
 

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