By: PTI |
When BCCI announced the exclusion of MS Dhoni, 37, from the T20I squad for the series against Windies and Australia, the news came as a surprise to many. Rishabh Pant, 21, was chosen over the veteran in T20. Elaborating on Pant’s inclusion, skipper Virat Kohli in the post-match press conference on Thursday explained that the decision was all about helping the Rishabh Pant grow in the shortest format of the game.
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India captain Virat Kohli on Thursday reiterated that Mahendra Singh Dhoni remains an integral part of the ODI team and the veteran wicket-keeper batsman decided not to play the upcoming T20s only to make way for the much younger Rishabh Pant.
“I think the selectors have already addressed this if I’m not wrong. And he’s been spoken to, firstly… So, I don’t see any reason why I should be sitting here and explaining that. I think the selectors have come out and explained exactly what happened,” said Kohli at the post-match press conference after guiding India to another series win at home.
“I was not part of that conversation so… It is what the selectors explained. I think people are putting too much variables into the situation, which is not the case I can assure you of that. He’s still a very integral part of this team and he just feels that in the T20 format, someone like Rishabh can get more chances.”
“He anyway plays the ODIs for us regularly, so… From that point of view, he’s only trying to help the youngsters; nothing that anything that other people are thinking and I as captain can certainly assure you of that,” Kohli said.