New Delhi: Indian cricket team head coach Ravi Shastri today said that the availability of MS Dhoni depends on whether the former skipper wants to come back in the team or not.
As Dhoni extended his break after the Cricket World Cup, rumours have been doing the rounds about his impending retirement from the sport ever.
Dhoni has made himself unavailable for selection on the West Indies tour and the home series against South Africa.
He has not played competitive cricket since the World Cup in England where he had an ordinary campaign with the bat and behind the stumps. He is likely to be available to play for India only in December when the West Indies tour the country for three T20Is and as many ODIs.
“Pant has scored Test hundreds in England and Australia, is talented, but he is still very young and has the time to improve his ‘keeping’,” Shastri said.
“Whether he wants to come back, that’s for him to decide. I have not met him after the World Cup. He has to first start playing and let’s see how things go. I don’t think he has started playing after the World Cup. If he is keen, he will definitely let the selectors know.
Shastri also spoke about the selection of wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha and explained why the Bengal cricketer was preferred over the dynamic Rishabh Pant, who has scored Test hundreds in England and Australia.