8/15/2017 2:07:13 PM

Dhoni no automatic choice, says India chief selector

Dhoni no automatic choice, says India chief selector

Pallekele, Sri Lanka: Mahendra Singh Dhoni is no longer an automatic choice in One-day internationals and the former India captain needs to keep performing to be involved in the 2019 World Cup, according chief selector MSK Prasad.

The wicketkeeper-batsman announced his sudden and stunning retirement from Test cricket midway through an Australia series in 2014, with the Boxing Day match in Melbourne being the last of his 90 appearances in the longer format.

He has continued to compete in 50-over and Twenty20 internationals, but questions are being asked in the local media if Dhoni, who will be 38 in 2019, will still be in the India side at the England and Wales-hosted tournament.

“Whenever a player keeps ageing... I was just reading (Andre) Agassi’s book “Open”, his life actually started after 30 years,” said Prasad.

“Till then, he won two or three (Grand Slams). His actual life started after that. He lived with media pressure, ‘When are you going to retire?’ But he played till 36 and he won so many Grand Slams. So you never know.

“We don’t say it’s an automatic this thing... but we’ll see. We’re all stakeholders. We’ll want the Indian team to do well. If he’s delivering, why not? If he isn’t, we’ll have to look at alternatives,” he added.

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