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It was being touted that Dhonis performance at this years IPL could help him seal a spot in the squad for T20 World Cup. However, due to coronavirus pandemic, the IPL was initially postponed indefinitely before BCCI finally deciding to host the tournament in UAE starting September 19.

While the T20 World Cup, which was scheduled to take place in Australia this year has been postponed for next year. The postponement of T20 WC raised doubts over Dhonis comeback in the international cricket.

"As far as MS Dhonis international career is concerned I dont think this IPL has anything to do with it. If youre a selector, youre a captain, youre a coach then the most important thing is that if he is ready to play, he will be my number one name on the list," Nehra said on Star Sports show Cricket Connected.

"And we all discuss these things as media people you can say because he has not announced his retirement, so thats where maybe I think he will take a call and only he can tell whats in his mind," he added.

When Dhoni last played for India in the World Cup semifinal against New Zealand, he was criticized by many for his slow innings, while Nehra said he was the last hope for the team progressing into the final.

"For me, M.S. Dhonis game never came down. In the last game that he played, India had a chance of reaching the World Cup final till the time M.S. Dhoni was there and the minute he got run out everybody lost hope," Nehra recalled.

"So it shows where his game was even at that time. He knows how to run the team, he knows how to push youngsters forward and all these things I dont need to repeat again and again.

"I dont think this IPL makes any difference in M.S. Dhonis stature or his aura as a player. I dont think a tournament like the IPL should be Dhonis selection criteria, its probably just a talking point," he added.

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