Shocking! MS Dhoni will not play for India in T20Is again

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Windies's win over India by 43 runs at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune on Saturday (October 27) means that the series, where India were expected to ride roughshod over Windies, now stands level at 1-1.

India: Virat Kohli (Captain), Rohit Sharma (vice-captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, Rishabh Pant, MS Dhoni (wicket-keeper), Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Khaleel Ahmed, Umesh Yadav, KL Rahul, Manish Pandey.

Little wonder then that the decision to keep him out of the upcoming T20Is against West Indies and Australia has left supporters absolutely fuming.

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Dhoni enjoyed one of his best Indian Premier League (IPL) seasons earlier this year in Chennai Super Kings' title-winning campaign.

The 37-year-old Dhoni has been the team's mainstay after making his mark as a wicketkeeper-batsman and later as leader in all the three formats. Today, there are dozens of self-sustaining clones trying to emulate the success of IPL.

In the other major decision, skipper Virat Kohli was rested from the T20 series against the West Indies and Rohit Sharma named the stand-in captain of the side after a late-evening meeting of the selection committee led by MSK Prasad in Pune.

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As the next T20I World Cup will be played in 2020, the Dhoni fans are assuming that MSD will not done the T20I jersey for India again. But Kohli will be back as captain in Australia.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Parthiv Patel is also part of the 18-member Test squad while injured all rounder Hardik Pandya has still not recovered to feature in the team.

Other significant announcements include the addition of Krunal Pandya and Washington Sundar for the six T20Is.

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The three-match T20I series against the Windies are scheduled for November 4, 6 and 11; while the Australia tour will start with the first T20I match on November 21.