India head coach Ravi Shastri has made a shocking revelation about former skipper MS Dhoni’s ODI career. Shastri while talking to CNN News18 has said that the 2011 World Cup-winning captain will soon hang his boots from the format and will only be available for the T20I selection.
“I have had a conversation with MS and that is between us. He has finished his Test career, he may soon end his ODI career… In all probability, he will finish one-day cricket,” Shastri told CNN News18.
“People must respect that he’s played non-stop in all formats of the game for a while.”
“At his age, probably the only format he’ll want to play is T20 cricket which means he’ll have to start playing again, get back into the groove because he’s going to play in the IPL and see how his body reacts.”
If we understand the signs of Ravi Shastri, it is clear that Dhoni will be part of the Indian team in the T20 World Cup to be held in Australia in October this year. Although Dhoni has not played international cricket since July 2019, he has not spoken directly about retirement. In such a situation, his experience in Australia can be very useful for the team.
He’s playing in the IPL is also being considered as part of his World Cup preparations, although it will be interesting to see if Dhoni can make a place in the Indian team selected for the tour of New Zealand.
“So he will be left with T20, he will definitely play the IPL. One thing I know about Dhoni is that he will not impose himself on the team. But if he has a cracking IPL, well, then…”
Shastri said form and experience will be taken into consideration while picking the team for the shortest format’s biggest event.
“We will have to consider the person’s experience and form. They will bat in the number 5-6 position. If Dhoni plays well in the IPL then he does put himself in contention.”