Ravi Shastri quashes talk of MS Dhoni retiring, says he’s ‘not going anywhere’
India coach Ravi Shastri has clarified that MS Dhoni asking for the ball from the umpires after India’s final ODI vs. England at Headingley was not because he is looking to retire.Updated: Jul 19, 2018 09:16 IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
MS Dhoni, former Indian cricket team skipper, had set social media abuzz with talk of his retirement after a video of him asking the match umpires for the ball went viral.
Dhoni had asked for the ball from the umpires as the teams were leaving the field and the fact that he did so left many puzzled. “Is this the end of the road for Dhoni?” was the question on most people’s lips.
However, India coach Ravi Shastri has clarified the situation, saying that he only wanted to show the ball to India’s bowling coach Bharat Arun.
“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,” Shastri said to the Times of India.
“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.”
He also outright dismissed any talk of Dhoni calling it a day in limited overs cricket. “That’s rubbish. MS is not going anywhere.”
Dhoni, who retired stunningly from Test cricket in the middle of India’s 2014 tour of Australia, has been under the scanner of late for not being able to score as prolifically as he has been known to.
His legendary finishing skills and the ability to accelerate innings have been on the wane but current skipper Virat Kohli has backed him to the hilt, dismissing any criticism directed at the senior player.
First Published: Jul 19, 2018 09:13 IST