• Dhoni is in the same league as Tendulkar, Gavaskar, and Kapil Dev: Ravi Shastri

    "You can't even think of a team without Dhoni," mentioned Shastri.

    Ravi Shastri MS Dhoni
    Ravi Shastri. (© PUNIT PARANJPE/AFP/Getty Images)

    Team India head coach Ravi Shastri has ridiculed all the speculations revolving around the future of MS Dhoni. Over the last few months, there have been speculations about Dhoni ending his international career soon. Recently, when chief selector MSK Prasad had remarked that Dhoni is no longer an automatic selection in the limited overs side, these claims seemed to be going true.

    Now, as per the recent quote in India TV, head coach Ravi Shastri has cleared all the air about the discussion. He mentioned that Dhoni is in the same league as the legendary cricketers of the country. Also, he cited that the form of the wicketkeeper-batsman has not got down one bit. Hence, such speculations are baseless.

    “Where else will you find a legend like MS Dhoni? Dhoni is in the same league as of Sunil Gavaskar, Sachin Tendulkar or Kapil Dev. We have to respect his achievements,” Ravi Shastri quoted.

    “A player is evaluated on the basis of his current form and fitness and Dhoni has both. If you see his wicket-keeping, he is the best in ODI cricket. His fitness is superb, he batted well in Sri Lanka. And let me tell you, it was just a tralier what you saw in Sri Lanka… now wait for the movie,” he added.

    Sure selection in WC 2019

    Adding further on the same note, Shastri went on to quote that if MS Dhoni continues to bat in the way he did in the recently concluded Sri Lanka series, there is absolutely no reason why he would not be a part of the Indian team for the ICC World Cup 2019.

    “If he continues to play like this, there no question of not having him in the team for the 2019 world cup. You can’t even think of a team without Dhoni,” mentioned Shastri.