MS Dhoni remains the number one wicketkeeper in limited-overs cricket, according to India chairman of selectors MSK Prasad.
The 36-year-old Dhoni came in for criticism earlier this year for his performances, with former India internationals thinking his time was done and a new gloveman should be blooded.
Prasad himself said in August that Dhoni’s place in India’s squad for the 2019 World Cup is not guaranteed.
However, Prasad has changed his tune and said the former skipper has become indespensable.
Prasad told reporters: “I think MS Dhoni is still remains the number one wicketkeeper in the world.
“And, day in and day out we have been seeing, even in the current T20 series [against Sri Lanka] the stumpings that he does, the caught-behinds that he takes are phenomenal, there is no comparison.
“I don’t see any wicketkeeper, who is even close to him in world cricket, forget Indian cricket.”
Prasad was speaking after announcing India’s squad for the six-match ODI series in South Africa that starts in February.
India ODI squad: Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma (vc), Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni (wk), Axar Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Hardik Pandya, Mohammed Shami, Shardul Thakur