Monday, 18 October 2021

Ravi Shastri on MS Dhoni for quiting test

Ravi Shastri on MS Dhoni for quiting test

Former India captain MS Dhoni acted bravely and selflessly when he quit Tests format midway through Australia's tour in 2014, with just 90 Tests matches played and not dragging himself to 100 Test matches, Stated by Indian head coach Ravi Shastri.

Ravi Shastri wrote In his book "Stargazing: The players in my life," which was released recently.

"MS Dhoni was India's, in fact the world's, biggest player then with three ICC trophies under his belt, with two World Cups, and some very impressive trophy from the IPL. His form was very good, and he was just 10 matches away of completing 100 Tests,"

Ravi Shastri wrote further of MSD's retirement plans.

"Still he was one of the top-three fittest players on the team, he could have the chance to boost his career stats if nothing else. Its True, he wasn't getting any younger, but he wasn't that old either! His decision didn't make sense,"

The former India all-rounder Ravi Shastri, who has written about few players in his book, added that he tried to persuade the former India skipper to consider his decision again. However, he feels Dhoni made the right decision by sticking to it.

Shastri was the Indian team's director of cricket when MS Dhoni decided to hang his boots.

Shastri wrote.

"All cricketers say landmarks and climacteric don't matter, but some do. I approached the matter in a roundabout way, pitching for an opening to make him change his mind. But there was a determination to MS's tone that stopped me from striking the matter any further. By Looking back, I think his decision was correct; also brave and selfless,"

"Giving up on the most devestating position in the world of cricket, in a way, couldn't have been that easy."

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Ravi Shastri wrote further of Dhoni.

"MS Dhoni is an unorthodox cricketer. His method, in front of and behind the stumps, is not replicable easily. My suggestion to youngsters is do not to try emulate him except it comes naturally. What made him so triumphant were his splendid hands. They were quicker than a pickpocketer! No other wicketkeeper, atleast in the era MS Dhoni has played, that fast. He was the prime in the world for long while, and in white-ball cricket by long distance,"

"MS Dhoni was keen in his observation of what was happening on the field, and uncanny when it came to take decisions based on 'reading' the direction of play. This quality of his went unnoticeable simply because he made such low mistakes. His victory with the Decision Review System shows not just fine discernment, but also how well he would be placed behind the stumps to make the call."

Shastri termed Dhoni as one of the three most impactful Indian cricketers besides Sachin Tendulkar and Kapil Dev.

"MS's impact on Indian cricket has been enormous. As a player, he is in the same league as Sachin Tendulkar and Kapil Dev where multi-format excellence is concerned. (Virat Kohli, if he sustains form for the next few years, will be included in this club, but I can't think of a fourth right now.) Yet, this hardly looked likely when he first came on the international scene."

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