Head coach Ravi Shastri rubbished all such discussion around Dhoni, stating ‘the old dog has plenty to offer.’ Speaking to the Press Trust of India on the back of a comprehensive win in Colombo, Shastri maintained that the former skipper was still at the heart of India’s scheme of things building up the mega event to be staged in England in 2019. “MS Dhoni is a massive influence on the team. He is a living legend in the dressing room and an ornament to the game. By no means or by any stretch of imagination he is finished or even half finished yet,” said Shastri.
India’s ODI squad selection where Chairman of selectors, MSK Prasad, underlined fitness as one of the major parameters and the need to build a core keeping the 2019 World Cup in sight, a lot of attention has been diverted towards former skipper MS Dhoni.
“If anyone thinks so, they are mistaken and they have another one coming, they are in for some surprises.”
The coach brought in examples of stalwarts Sunil Gavaskar and Sachin Tendulkar and asked if the critics would have called for the exit of the duo when they were aged 36. Shastri mentioned that looking at just the number of years Dhoni has played and not at what he has still got to offer, would be injustice to a man who has done such great service to Indian cricket.