MUMBAI – The future of long-serving wicketkeeper-batsman MS Dhoni and finding a solution to the number four batting conundrum will top the agenda when India's selectors meet in Mumbai on Sunday to pick the squads for the team's tour of West Indies.
Dhoni, who turned 38 this month during the Cricket World Cup, enjoys cult status in the cricket-mad country after he captained the side to the World Twenty20 title in 2007 and their second 50-over World Cup title in 2011 at home.
The veteran of 350 one-dayers, however, has been the subject of intense speculation on his retirement from international cricket over the past few days since India's semi-final exit from the World Cup.
Widely considered as the best 'finisher' in contemporary cricket, Dhoni has recently struggled to start his innings while his ability to put bowlers to the sword at the end has also been on the wane.
Dhoni's glovework, however, still remains top class and questions have been raised by former cricketers, pundits and local media if it was the right time for him to step away and help India groom his successor.