People should look back at their career before commenting on MS Dhoni, says Ravi Shastri

Ravi Shastri backed MS Dhoni and said people questioning him should look at their own careers first.

By: Express Web Desk | Kolkata | Updated: November 14, 2017 10:42 pm
MS Dhoni bats during a training session with India national cricket team MS Dhoni’s spot in India’s T20I squad has been questioned by former cricketers. (Source: Express Archive)

India head coach Ravi Shastri again backed former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and said it’s important people look at their own careers before pointing fingers at one of the most successful captains of the world. After his ordinary show with the bat, Dhoni has come under fire and his presence in the T20I squad has been questioned by former cricketers VVS Laxman and Ajit Agarkar.

“People should look back at their career before commenting on Dhoni. The former captain has a lot of cricket left in him and it is the duty of the team to back the legend,” Shastri was quoted by PTI.

Shastri said there is no one better than Dhoni and what he brings to the table, with his experience and sharpness, is invaluable.

“There is no one better than Dhoni on the field given his ability behind the wicket and with the bat and his presence of mind and sharpness on the field.”

Talking about the team, Shastri said this unit is currently the best fielding team in the world. “In terms of fielding this team is the very best in the world at the moment and that’s something that separates this team from Indian teams of the past.”

India take on Sri Lanka in what would be their last home series before they tour South Africa for a challenging series. Shastri said team’s attitude continues to be positive and they will take field only to win. The coach also downplayed Hardik Pandya’s absence and said this team is not about one particular individual.

“This team always turns up on the park to win. We hope to win the series spread over one and half months before going to South Africa. This team is not about one particular individual, we lose together, we win together.”

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    Elyas
    Nov 21, 2017 at 3:55 pm
    Sastri is big ideot that's why he comments on great former criketer it's their views not pointing finger.So plz shut your mouth
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      blackpower
      Nov 15, 2017 at 12:51 am
      it like sachin tendulkar after world cup 2011 - extending his career for three useless years at the expense of other youngsters
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      1. Karunaprasad Kanavi
        Nov 14, 2017 at 10:34 pm
        Both Shastri Kohli should stop uttering nonsense while defending Dhoni. Both Laxman Ajit have retired and their current role is of sports correspondent covering Indian cricket. As cricket correspondent, they have every right to pass their expert comments.. whether it is to be on Dhoni or Kohli..It is complete foolishness on Shastri's part to question about their career. They are retired now. In fact, I admire and appreciate their comments on Dhoni's performance and role in T20 cricket. His days as match winner are over. Of course keeping is still good and he is doing all the field placement in T20 when Captain Kohli is patrolling Long off and Long on. But as a batsman, he is not delivering at no. 4. As reader Tapan has mentioned in his comments - "Ravi has not that much cricketing acumen Kohli has miles to go still to prove himself as a good captain" . For this reason, both want Dhoni in the team..
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          Sairam peruri
          Nov 14, 2017 at 10:08 pm
          Dhoni, such a shrewd and nice guy, gave enough trophies and happiness to cricket 🏏 lovers around globe 🌍 .agarkar laxman didnt played that format with such passion at all, simply crying 😢, no matter dhoni getting due respect, and will. The day will come entire nation and globe will bid adieu to HIM ,then only those guys will realise his charismatic presence. One simple fact: no other player will get such a standing ovation for his arrival at stadiums around the world, did they got anytime EVER... DHONI RESPECT
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