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MS Dhoni Likely To Remain First Choice Wicket-Keeper In 2019 World Cup

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| December 24 , 2017 , 14:22 IST

Many fingers on the former Indian skipper, Mahendra Singh Dhoni's career were raised in the recent past but his consistent performance during the Sri Lanka series proved his strength to all the critics. The man who started his international cricket career in 2004 and took India through winning streak in 2 world cups is more than deserving to be part of 2019 World Cup, confirms the selectors.

While announcing the final 17-member squad for the six-match ODI series against South Africa, selectors confirmed about fixing their minds about Mahendra Singh Dhoni's presence in the prestigious tournament. MSK Prasad, the chairman of selectors stated, "More or less we have fixed up our mind till the World Cup and after that at later stages, we will start grooming some of those (other) wicketkeepers in India A tours."

Prasad admitted that in the past years, despite trying, many young and emerging wicketkeepers failed to perform as great as the current keeper but they are trying to groom some new talents to take over post the World Cup. While Dinesh Karthik could be a good choice for the limited overs, Delhi captain Rishabh Pant seems to have missed his chance.

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MSK emphasised that Dhoni doesn't really have a competition due to unparallel skill and determination. He stated, "I think MS Dhoni still remains the No 1 wicket-keeper in the world and day in and day out we have been saying this. In the current T20 series (against Sri Lanka), the stumpings he has affected and caught-behind he has taken are phenomenal."

Dhoni has gone through many ups and downs in his 13 years of cricket career with a number of former players suggesting his replacement but the player have made it clear, time and again that he is going nowhere till the next World Cup. His performance through bat might have degraded but the former skipper stills stand by his team as a firm support whenever needed.

His wicket-keeping skill and experience have made him the first choice for selectors. Prasad quoted, "There is no comparison and I don't see any wicket-keeper, who can even come closer to him in world cricket, leave alone Indian Cricket." He further expressed his displeasure while discussing that many boys next in line are not up to the mark yet.

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