If media reports are to be believed then, likely, MS Dhoni will not be featuring in the South Africa series and Rishabh Pant might retain his place as the first-choice wicketkeeper in all three formats. It is a move taken by selectors keeping in mind about the T-20 World Cup which is set to begin next year in Australia. And selectors want to give as many opportunities to Rishabh Pant so that he gets settled in his duties for the Indian Cricket Team.
MS Dhoni took a break from his Cricket duties for two months just after the World Cup campaign ended to serve his regiment in Territorial army. And as per media reports he will be sidelined from South Africa Series too. He has retired from the Test cricket and is yet to make some announcement on his limited-overs career.
“There are only 22 T20 Internationals before India play their first World T20 game and selectors are clear in their vision that it’s time to move forward,” a media report quoted a senior BCCI official privy to developments in selection committee as saying.
However, till now Rishabh Pant has not been up to the mark with his poor show on the West Indies tour except the one-odd match where he led India to victory showing responsibility. Still, with one more Test match left on the tour, he would be expecting to put up a good show to impress the selectors for future series.
“They are planning on getting a pool of three keepers ready for limited-overs, especially T20Is,” the same BCCI official was quoted as saying in the report.
With this quote, we can say there could be three wicket-keepers who are in the reckoning namely Sanju Samson, Ishan Kishan and Wridhimman Saha.
Every rumour will be cleared once the team is selected for the South Africa series.