Dhoni dropped from T20I series against Windies, Australia

Dhoni dropped from T20I series against Windies, Australia

Former Indian skipper MS Dhoni has been dropped from the T20 squad for the Australia and West Indies tours.

However, chief selector MSK Prasad made it a point to say "it is not the end of Dhoni in T20Is" and added that they are looking to firm up back-up options behind the stumps.

After scoring 140 and 157 not out in the first two ODIs, Kohli reached the three-figure mark again against the touring West Indies side in the third ODI at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune.

Ambati Rayudu, M.S. Dhoni (wk), Rishabh Pant, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, K Khaleel Ahmed, Yuzvendra Chahal.

Hardik Pandya was also missing from both squads.




With Wriddhiman Saha still recovering from his injury, Patel was named as a back-up wicket-keeper to Pant, who has fared decently with both the gloves and the bat after his debut in England earlier this year.

Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Rishabh Pant (wk), Manish Pandey, Shreyas Iyer, Krunal Pandya, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvenshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Khaleel Ahmed and Umesh Yadav. Virat Kohli will return to take the reins when the team begins its tour of Australia three weeks later.

The Indian selectors have included batsman Rohit Sharma and opener Murali Vijay for the Test matches starting December 6 in Adelaide. The Ranchi hero, who led India to glory in the inaugural edition of the premier T20I tournament, may not continue playing worldwide cricket beyond next year's 50-over World Cup.

In ODI news, Kedar Jadhav, who was ignored for the third game against West Indies despite his saying he was fully fit, has been recalled to play the final two matches of the series.

Not ruling out a Dhoni comeback, Prasad insisted that the legendary wicketkeeper batsman's T20I career "not yet" over.

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