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MS Dhoni's India comeback not dependent on IPL: Aakash Chopra

NEW DELHI: One of the most awaited part of this year's Indian Premier League (IPL), which lately stands suspended due to the coronavirus outbreak, was the return of MS Dhoni to the cricket field. Dhoni remaining played in the World Cup 2019 semifinal in opposition to New Zealand and since then has been on a sabbatical.

It was believed that Dhoni's performance in the IPL would come to a decision if he's going to be part of India's World T20 squad. But cricketer-turned-commentator Aakash Chopra begs to vary. The former India opener termed it a "misconception" folks had.

"It's a huge misconception that Dhoni's comeback to the Indian team was dependent on his performance in the IPL," Chopra mentioned. "If that is how we will view Dhoni as a player and his career and what he has achieved as a player, then I think we are just knocking at the wrong door, because it's not right."

Chopra feels that if Dhoni needs to play for the Indian group again and if the group control additionally needs the same, it will happen.

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"See, if the team wants him to play, all that will happen. But if the IPL doesn't take place this year, the T20 World Cup doesn't happen this year, (then), of course, he will be a year older; and with him out of the cricket for more than 18 months, you can assume that you might not see him play again for India," Chopra pointed.

The former India batsman, then again, mentioned that having a look at the present state of affairs, establishing the T20 World Cup seems "difficult" in October-November, which in turn can open a window for the 13th version of the IPL.

Chopra additionally believed that if there's a likelihood to habits the IPL "behind closed doors", it must be taken.

"It's nonetheless a long shot because we do not understand how the world goes to function. This COVID-19 pandemic is a creating tale. For a event just like the IPL, you need to make certain gamers' protection. It's being contemplated to have the IPL at the back of closed doors and I feel it's better to have the event with empty stands rather than no longer having the event at all.

"To be fair, the T20 World Cup seems very, very tricky because Australia has already put a trip ban till September. The T20 World Cup is slated to be played in October. So October-November would possibly simply turn out to be the window to open up abruptly because moving all of the international to one position and then taking part in the event is so much tougher than taking part in, say the IPL, in a single country the place many of the gamers are Indians and only a handful of gamers must fly in.

"From a commentator and a cricket lover's point of view, I would want the IPL to happen," he added.

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