MS Dhoni retired from Test cricket in 2014. After so many years, that is in 2023, Ravi Shastri was asked if the former India captain would ever come out of retirement, given his brilliant fitness and form, to play in the World Test Championship (WTC) Final.
India under Rohit Sharma will lock horns with Pat Cummins-led Australia in the one-off WTC final from June 7 to 11 at The Oval. One of the headaches for the Indian team is their wicketkeeper.
Regular keeper Rishabh Pant‘s accident last year saw KS Bharat don the gloves in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy series where he did a decent job from behind the stumps and he will be the wicketkeeper in the all-important match. Many have even voiced their opinion that KL Rahul can also be trusted with the role if the need arises in WTC Final.
Though the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) has grabbed fans’ attention, the announcement of the squad by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for the WTC Final, triggered the discussion surrounding a proper wicketkeeper again.
Ravi Shastri says MS Dhoni is not statistically driven
And that is why Ravi Shastri was asked whether MS Dhoni, whose skill behind the wicket is known to everybody, will ever consider coming out of retirement to don the white jersey for the wicketkeeping role. But the former India head coach said that once Dhoni makes up his mind, he doesn’t change his decision.
“Nah. Once MS makes up his mind, he makes up his mind. To leave Test cricket, where he could have easily played for a year or year and a half if he was statistically driven like our country is then he would have loved 100 Test match mark, big crowd, nice ceremony, nice presentation, walk around the crowd, say goodbye to everyone… he doesn’t want that. He’s like hands up, new man is there, let him be,” Shastri said.
Gouri Das is a cricket writer at FirstSportz. Despite always being a sporty kid, she disliked being inactive in one place for a long time to watch a match. But after the Ind vs Pak match of the 2016 Asia Cup, she rather got glued to the TV screen. That year she watched the major cricket tournaments, WWE matches, and the Olympics (especially Usain Bolt's races). After reading about the big names in tennis and becoming an ardent follower, she dreams of visiting Wimbledon one day.
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