India captain Virat Kohli revealed it is "embarrassing" for him to keep talking about his machine-like consistency after the team's 43-run defeat to the West Indies in the third ODI of the ongoing five-match series in Pune on Saturday.
"The T20Is here and in Australia, he [Dhoni] is not going to play, because we are also looking at a second wicketkeeper", Prasad said at a press conference on Friday.
Dhawan was pinned leg before wicket on 35 by Nurse as the left-hander went for a sweep, and Rishabh Pant lost a caught behind television referral on 24. His IPL team-mate Shahbaz Nadeem earned an India call-up as well, soon after a world record performance, albeit in 50-over cricket.
A veteran of 93 T20Is, Dhoni has 1,487 runs in the format at a strike rate of 127.09.
The only T20 internationals left in the next six months is a three-game series against New Zealand, which is scheduled in February.
The selection committee also announced the squad for the four-match Test series against the Kangaroos to be held later this year. "It's an intensive series [in Australia] and we have called him back", reasoned the chairman. Marlon Samuels took three wickets in the last 10 overs, including that of Kohli, to lead West Indies' late charge to a win.
Batsman Kedar Jadhav, whose omission from ODIs came under the scanner, has been brought back for the fourth and fifth ODI.
Virat Kohli has been rested for the T20I series against West Indies and Rohit Sharma will lead the side.
Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan looked at ease against the fast bowlers before West Indies struck in the middle overs through left-arm spinner Nurse.
While he has continued to excel behind the stumps, critics observe that the former India captain's batting is but a mere shadow of his attacking past.