Coach of Indian Cricket Team Shastri dismisses all speculation on Dhoni’s retirement
The Hush Post: Dismissing all the speculations over the likely retirement of former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Team India coach Ravi Shastri explained on Thursday that why Dhoni had taken the match ball from the umpire after India’s 2-1 loss to England in the three-match series that concluded on Tuesday.
Shastri made these comments after the social media was abuzz on Wednesday with speculation that the 2011 World Cup winning captain Dhoni will soon retire from all formats of the game. The India wicket-keeper batsman was seen taking the match ball from the umpires at the end of the third ODI against England at the Headingley cricket ground in Leeds on Tuesday, and Twitterati started wondering about the significance of the move, a report said.
“That’s rubbish. MS is not going anywhere,” Ravi Shastri was quoted in the report.
The Team India coach said Dhoni took the ball from umpire to show it to bowling coach Bharat Arun.
Clearing the air, Shastri was quoted: “MS wanted to show the ball to Bharat Arun. He wanted to show him the wear and tear the ball had endured, to get a general idea of what the conditions were like.”
“But right now, all this clamour is nonsense. He just wanted to show the ball to Arun to just have a look at it after close to 45 overs had been bowled, Times of India quoted Shastri as saying.
Dhoni, who announced his retirement from Tests in 2014, has played 321 ODIs and 93 T20Is. In 321 ODIs, Dhoni has scored 10046 runs at an average of 51.25. He has 10 centuries and 67 fifties to his name.
Dhoni has amassed 1487 runs in 93 T20s at an average of 37.17, including two half-centuries.
Recently, Dhoni added another feather to his illustrious cap as he became fourth Indian and 12th overall in ODI history to score 10,000 runs. The former India skipper achieved the milestone during second ODI against England at Lord’s.
Dhoni has joined the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly, Kumar Sangakkara, Brian Lara and Sanath Jayasuriya on the elite list.
The 2011 World Cup winning captain is only the second wicketkeeper-batsman to touch the 10000-run mark. Sangakkara was the first designated wicketkeeper-batsman to achieve the landmark, it was reported.
Under Dhoni’s captaincy, India lifted the 50-over World Cup in 2011 and the World Twenty20 in 2007. Dhoni also led India to the ICC Champions Trophy in 2013 in England, the report said.