MS Dhoni might have played his last match for India, said Harbhajan Singh after the former India captain was left out of the BCCI’s annual central contracts list on Thursday.
MS Dhoni did not feature in international matches after the World Cup semi-final defeat to New Zealand on July 10. It, therefore, came as no surprise when Dhoni was not named in the players’ contracts list.
Speculation has been rife over MS Dhoni’s future but Harbhajan Singh, who has played under MS Dhoni for India and Chennai Super Kings, said he did not see the World Cup-winning captain returning to play international cricket.
“It is probably the end of the road for MS Dhoni. I heard the World Cup would be his last event for India – after that he won’t play for India again. He had made up his mind long back and that is why he has not made himself available,” Harbhajan Singh told India Today.
India coach Ravi Shastri had said a call on MS Dhoni would be taken after the Indian Premier League where Dhoni will lead Chennai Super Kings. However, Harbhajan said even if Dhoni had an excellent time in the IPL, he could decide not to play for India.
“If Dhoni has a good IPL and is sure he will because he works so hard… I have no doubt he will have a great IPL. As far as I know, he has made up his mind. If he has a good IPL, he will still make himself unavailable. I don’t see him making a comeback. Knowing him, he has played his last game for India during the World Cup,” Harbhajan Singh said.
Soon after MS Dhoni was omitted from the contracts list, news agency PTI reported a senior BCCI official had intimated Dhoni about the board’s move in advance.
“Let me clarify that one of the top-most BCCI office-bearers spoke to MS and told him about how they are going about in the central contracts. He was clearly told that since he hasn’t played any game in the said period (September 2019 till date), he cannot be included for the time being,” PTI quoted a board official without naming him.
After the World Cup semi-final defeat in July, MS Dhoni made himself unavailable for the tour of West Indies and did not play home series against South Africa, Bangladesh, West Indies, Sri Lanka and Australia. He was also not named for the T20I series in New Zealand.