India defeated Bangladesh in the final in Dubai to win the Asia Cup trophy for a record seventh time. However, now Dhoni’s captaincy has created a minor controversy
New Delhi: Mahendra Singh Dhoni returned as India captain for the game against Afghanistan in the Asia Cup 2018 recently and this has reportedly made the MSK Prasad-led selection committee unhappy.
India defeated Bangladesh in the final in Dubai to win the Asia Cup trophy for a record seventh time. However, now Dhoni’s captaincy has created a minor controversy.
The selectors had rested regular skipper Virat Kohli for the multi-nation tournament in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Rohit Sharma was the stand-in captain but he and his deputy Shikhar Dhawan along with others sat out the contest against Afghanistan.
This made Dhoni to return as captain. Dhoni set a record when he led India for the 200th time in ODIs. The last time he had led India was in October 2016, against New Zealand.
India-Afghanistan match was a thriller as it ended in a tie. India had made five changes for the game.
"The selectors are not pleased that wholesale changes were rung in for the match and both stand-in captain Rohit Sharma and vice-captain Shikhar Dhawan sat out with MS Dhoni forced to be captain again, out of nowhere," a source was quoted as saying by India Today.
Last year, Dhoni had given up limited overs captaincy and Kohli took charge of the team, making him the leader across all three formats.
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Last Updated Oct 9, 2018, 4:06 PM IST