Mahendra Singh Dhoni was on Friday dropped from India's Twenty20 squad for the home series against the West Indies and the crucial away assignment against Australia, signalling a possible end to his run in the shortest format.
The committee said that Dhoni, the 2007 World T20-winning skipper, has been "rested" and India are now looking to fill in the second wicketkeeper's slot. However, cricket lovers everywhere have expressed shock and awe over the snub to unarguably one of India's greatest limited-overs batsmen and have not wasted any time in reacting. Most have lambasted the chief selector MSK Prasad blaming him solely for the move. Here's a glimpse of what people are saying on the issue:
MS Dhoni Forever 🌟 (@msdhoni_forever) October 27, 2018
A player like @msdhoni walks once in 100 Years.— Prabhu (@Cricprabhu) October 27, 2018
A Man like him, Once in lifetime!
Keep at it, Thala #Dhoni !!.
Accept it on not!!. The more haters get some happiness the better he performs and enjoys doing it.
The more you want him to fail it's him who has the last laugh. pic.twitter.com/O54GRs6ZkC
Top Class #MSD sends Hetmyer packing— BCCI (@BCCI) October 27, 2018
Alert and a live wire as always, @msdhoni was his usual self to pick the bails off that turned out to be a successful stumping.
👀📹https://t.co/ow4WZ4YBNU #INDvWI pic.twitter.com/DyxPrON1PF
This catch and stumping is for the Indian selectors. #WeWantMSDback #TeamIndia #BCCI @BCCI #MSKPrasad #Mahi #Dhoni #MSDhoni #India #Cricket @msdhoni #INDvWI #INDvsWI #IndVAus #AusvInd @imVkohli #NoDhoniNoCricket pic.twitter.com/AvilhcGbl3— Agnimitra Ghosh (@ItsAgniSpeaking) October 27, 2018
Brilliant catch. That Dhoni could get to that ball in a a testament to his fitness.— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) October 27, 2018
The word ‘Drop’ is ‘Dropped’ in Indian cricket. You’re either not picked or rested. Last year we were told that Ashwin was rested from ODI cricket too.... #IndvWI— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) October 27, 2018
If this is indeed the end of the road for MS Dhoni as a T20 international cricketer, we must pause a while and applaud. That 2007 World T20 and his central role in it will be a big part of the history of Indian cricket.— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) October 26, 2018
The big news is obviously the absence of MS Dhoni from the T20 squad. The next World T20 isn't till 2020 so this is an acknowledgement that someone else will be behind the stumps there.— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) October 26, 2018
No Dhoni in T20s means WC 2019 is the last world cup for the legend. The call is loud and clear. Hope he wins it and celebrates at the Lords balcony.— Boria Majumdar (@BoriaMajumdar) October 26, 2018
Mark this tweet. India will regret dropping @msdhoni for the T20 series in Australia. They won't miss him in the home T20 series against West Indies but on a tough tour like in Australia they will. @BCCI hv blundered here— Sumanth Raman (@sumanthraman) October 27, 2018
Anyone noticed how @BCCI coach captain and selectors played double game...— चौकीदार यश सक्सेना (@yashsax32321244) October 26, 2018
first dropped Dhoni
Then rested kohli &
Want to captain rohit without mahi
If rohit doesn't win against hardhitters Wi, they want to remove #MakeRohitIndianCaptain
Its a dangerous politics #Dhoni pic.twitter.com/G1baTPhwSc
My father almost stopped watching cricket after @sachin_rt Retirement— Shubham Agarwal 🇮🇳 (@tigerboyshubham) October 27, 2018
I almost stopped watching test matches
After dropping #Dhoni From t 20 I will stopped watching t 20 now
😢😢😢😢😢#MSDhoni Will bounce back pic.twitter.com/c1W7MqehJ7