Despite being 36, Dhoni’s fitness levels have been well maintained and he continues to remain one of the fittest and quickest Indian cricketers in the current era. But his performances with the bat have dipped, especially when it comes to finishing matches; not getting a chunk of cricket under his belt could be one of the reasons. “We all want the Indian team to do well. If he is delivering, why not? If he is not, we will have to look at alternatives,” chief selector MSK Prasad had recently said when asked if Dhoni remains an automatic choice in the ODI format.
“It’s a great opportunity for us as a team to play limited-overs cricket for a while,” skipper Virat Kohli said on Wednesday (August 23) with regards to the host of limited-overs assignments lined up for the Indian team. “Last year and a half we haven’t played as much limited-overs cricket and maybe that’s the reason we haven’t been as consistent in the shorter formats. But this gives us an opportunity to create momentum like we have done in Test cricket.
“We have made few changes already with where the teams want to go as far as our fitness goals are concerned. And we want to have possibly the best fielding side on the park, one that is dynamic that will remain consistent. And this coming season gives us an opportunity to define roles for players and give them time to execute it so that for the World Cup we know exactly what one player needs to do in certain situations. And it is not going to be anything that we have done in the past repetitively, it is not going to be predictable anymore,” Kohli added.