Some people waiting to see the end of MS Dhoni's career: Ravi Shastri

Shastri pointed out that Dhoni, who has retired from Test cricket, has averaged over 65 in ODIs over the last one year and helped India win matches in Sri Lanka and against Australia at home this season.

IANS| Updated: Nov 10, 2017, 08:53 AM IST
Some people waiting to see the end of MS Dhoni's career: Ravi Shastri
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Kolkata: Indian cricket team's head coach Ravi Shastri feels that MS Dhoni is an "ultimate team man" and that some "jealous" people want him to have a "couple of bad days" as they are "waiting to see" his international career come to an end.

"Looks like there are a lot of jealous people around, who just want Dhoni to have a couple of bad days.... There are a few people who are waiting to see the end of MS Dhoni. But great players like him decide their own future," Shastri said in an interview to the Bengali daily Anandabazar Patrika.

He said the Indian team knew Dhoni`s worth very well and the criticism against the iconic wicketkeeper-batsman made no difference to them.

"It (the criticism) doesn`t make a difference. In our mind, we know where Dhoni stands within the team. He was a great leader and now an ultimate team man."

Taking a dig at some former cricketers and experts who have of late been critical of Dhoni and suggested he be dropped from India's T20 side, Shastri said: "Not so long ago I used to do television and people used to ask me questions. You need to answer questions to make a show happen.

"Dhoni is a superstar. He is one of our greatest cricketers. So he is always going to be a great topic. He is always going to be a topic because he is a legend. When you have a career as glorious as that, you become a topic on television."

Shastri pointed out that Dhoni, who retired from Test cricket in 2014, has averaged over 65 in one-day internationals over the last one year and helped India win matches in Sri Lanka and against Australia at home this season only.