Ravi Shastri makes big statement on MS Dhoni’s ODI future after talking to former captain
Will MS Dhoni play for India again in ODIs? That is the question many fans are asking. Now, head coach Ravi Shastri has spoken about it after meeting the former captain
Bengaluru: Indian cricket team’s head coach Ravi Shastri has spoken about former skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s international future.
Dhoni has not played for India since the semi-final exit at the ICC World Cup 2029 in England last year. In July 2019, India lost the last-four encounter against New Zealand.
After the 50-over ICC event, Dhoni had taken a break from international cricket to serve in the Indian Army. However, after that too, he has remained out of the team and the BCCI chief selector MSK Prasad had said that they had “moved on” from the 2011 World Cup winning captain.
Now, Shastri has said he spoke to Dhoni but would not reveal the details of their conversation. The coach said the wicketkeeper-batsman is set to end his ODI career soon.
“I have had a conversation with MS (Dhoni) and that is between us,” Shastri told News18, the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) website reported.
“He has finished his Test career, he may soon end his ODI career. 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...
“We will have to consider the person’s experience and form. They will bat in the No.5-6 position. If Dhoni plays well in IPL, then he does put himself in contention,” Shastri added.
Currently, India are involved in a three-match T20I series against Sri Lanka. The Virat Kohli-led team leads 1-0 with the final game in Pune on Friday (January 10). After this, India host Australia for three ODIs, from January 14.