Mahendra Singh Dhoni has taken a two-months long break from cricket life, is expected to be ignored for the forthcoming Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) against South Africa, report sources. He has already retired from the longest format, is yet to make a call on his future that is limited on cricket. According to media reports, the selectors have decided to “move forward” and offer maximum chances to Rishab Pant, considering the T20 World Cup in Australia in 2020. It continued that the selectors will meet on September 4 to select the team for the three-match T20I Series against South Africa, commenced from September 15 in Dharamshala. 

A media report quoted a senior BCCI official to develop in selection committee as saying, “There are only 22 T20 Internationals before India play their first World T20 game and selectors are clear in their vision that it’s time to move forward.”

After 2019 World Cup, MS Dhoni had made himself unavailable for the complete West Indies Tour to serve his force in Territorial Army. 

In his absence, youngstar Rishab Pant was included in all the three matches – ODIs, Test, and T20Is – as a perfect wicketkeeper. 

However, Mr. Pant has failed to impress on a consistent basis during the matches, provoked the selectors to think beyond him, especially for the limited-overs formats, including T20Is. 

According to the report, the selectors are looking forward to make a pool of three outstanding wicket-keepers. Besides Mr. Pant, the two names which are doing rounds ate Ishan Kishan and Sanju Samson.  

The official continued that “they are planning on getting a pool of three keepers ready for limited overs, especially T20Is.”

India’s tour of the West Indies will conclude on September 3. After that South Africa will visit India to play three T20Is and many Test matches.

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