Former Australia batsman Dean Jones is of the opinion that if MS Dhoni has to make a comeback in the Indian team, he needs to have a good IPL, or else the doors for him will be 'definitely shut'. Recently if was officially announced that the IPL will take place in UAE starting September 19.
Dhoni had last played for India in the 2019 World Cup semi-final against New Zealand, which the latter won.
“At the moment it looks like the Indian selectors are going with Rishabh Pant and K.L. Rahul,” Jones told The Times of India. “If Dhoni has a wonderful IPL then he’s away, but if he doesn’t do well in the next IPL then perhaps his door is definitely shut. But, he’s left the door open.”
But Jones also added that Dhoni is still good enough to represent the country and the extended break due to coronavirus might actually work in his favour.
While concluding he also said that what India currently needs is a finisher, and he thinks that Hardik Pandya could be the man for the job.
“He (Dhoni) is an absolute superstar. He is a ‘great’. So, I have always felt, with the greats, to tend to let them do what they want to do, but at the moment they are leaning towards K.L. Rahul and Rishabh Pant. But, India’ biggest problem is still a finisher. Who is your finisher? Hardik-Pandya — yes. Just comes down to your balance — who’s hot and who’s not,” Jones said.