Team India leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal admitted that the side misses MS Dhoni, and stated that the spot that the former wicket-keeper occupied in the team bus is still left empty. In his video ‘Chahal TV’ that was posted by BCCI, Chahal spoke to all the members of the Indian team as they were travelling to Hamilton from Auckland. He then went on to take the viewers to an empty spot on the bus and said that it was the spot occupied by Dhoni.
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“Yeh woh seat hai jaha ek legend baitthe the. Mahi bhai (MS Dhoni). Abhi bhi yaha koi nahi baittha. Hum unhe bohot miss karte hai (A legend used to sit here. MS Dhoni. No one sits here now. We miss him a lot).”
In the video, Chahal also added that Dhoni wanted to appear on Chahal TV a number of times, but they waited for the perfect moment for his debut. However, that moment is yet to arrive.
Chahal is also seen indulging in funny conversations with Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammad Shami, Rishabh Pant, KL Rahul and his spin partner Kuldeep Yadav in the video.
There has been a lot of speculation about Dhoni’s future with the Indian team. He last played an international game in the semis of the ICC World Cup that the Men in Blue lost. Since then, he has missed the tours to West Indies and now New Zealand, besides skipping the home games against Australia, South Africa, Bangladesh, and West Indies.
Dhoni was not named in the BCCI Central Contracts earlier this year.
However, Ravi Shastri had given some hint of Dhoni’s future with the side, stating that the veteran could return if he had a good IPL 2020.
“There is IPL coming. Uske baad tum dekho. Everyone will know. He will know, selectors will know, captain will know seeing him, and more important than anything else he will know.”
“What I’m trying to tell the people is he is the last person to impose himself on anything. You know him. I know him. For years, you know that he’s been dead honest when it comes to things of that sort, like when he gave up Test cricket. There was no thing of 100 Tests because he is not the guy who will impose on himself,” he said in an interview with the Hindu.