Dhoni may end his ODI career soon, says Shastri

back icon
safari
09 Jan 2020 | 01:08 PM
authorPTI

Dhoni may end his ODI career soon, says Shastri

Shastri also slammed the ICC's four-day Test proposal, calling the concept "nonsense"

heart

Share

Two-time World Cup winning India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni may "soon end his ODI career", head coach Ravi Shastri has revealed.

Speaking on other issues, Shastri also slammed the ICC's four-day Test proposal, calling the concept "nonsense".

"I have had a conversation with MS and that is between us. He has finished his Test career, he may soon end his ODI career... In all probability, he will finish one-day cricket," Shastri told 'CNN News18'.

"People must respect that he's played non-stop in all formats of the game for a while.

"At his age, probably the only format he'll want to play is T20 cricket which means he'll have to start playing again, get back into the groove because he's going to play in the IPL and see how his body reacts."

The coach reiterated that the 38-year-old veteran could still be a contender for the T20 World Cup if he does well in the upcoming Indian Premier League.

"... So he will be left with T20, he will definitely play the IPL. One thing I know about Dhoni is that he will not impose himself on the team. But if he has a cracking IPL, well, then..."

Dhoni's last outing in India colours was during the World Cup semifinal against New Zealand in July where he was run out following a half century.

Shastri said form and experience will be taken into consideration while picking the team for the shortest format's biggest event.

"We will have to consider the person's experience and form. They will bat in the number 5-6 position. If Dhoni plays well in the IPL then he does put himself in contention."

Dhoni, who is on a sabbatical right now, has turned up for the country in 350 ODIs, 90 Tests and 98 T20 Internationals while effecting a staggering 829 dismissals behind the stumps.

His career is studded with several milestones including leading India to the trophy in the 2011 World Cup where he finished the title clash with a six.

As the discussion turned to four-day Tests, Shastri, like some of the greats of the game such as Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting, opposed the idea.

"Four day Test is nonsense," he said.

"If this goes on we may have limited-overs Tests. There is no need to tamper with five-day Tests. If at all they want to tamper then let the top six sides play five-day Tests and the next six be allowed to play four-day Tests.

"If you want to preserve Tests then let the top six play more against each other. You have the shorter format to popularise the game."

When asked about day-night Tests, Shastri called on ICC to get the ball right.

"Day-night Test is still under test. I still feel that pink ball does not give any advantage to spinners, they need to get the ball right for day night. During the day you have full Tests, by night it looks like half Test.

"I still feel that you will get more people to watch Tests if you have the top six play each other (more often)."

heart
shareGray Share
Tags
Mahendra Singh DhoniIndia

Related Articles

safari
NEWS
Nothing surpasses this, after 36 all out, this is unreal: Shastri
Shastri also said that the just-concluded series was the toughest tour ever
userPTI
19 Jan 2021
safari
NEWS
Shastri backs India's 'fabulous five' quicks to rule Down Under
Shastri said his team's pace unit was the best in the world, despite being likely to be without the injured Ishant Sharma who is receiving treatment India for a muscle tear
userAFP
24 Nov 2020
safari
NEWS
Rohit, Ishant need to leave for Australia in 3-4 days if they are to play Tests: Shastri
"If anyone has to play in the Test series, he has to be on the flight in the next four or five days. Otherwise, it's very difficult"
userPTI
22 Nov 2020
safari
NEWS
Rohit could be in danger of injuring himself again, as per medical report: Shastri
Rohit, who is recovering from a hamstring injury he suffered in the ongoing IPL, was left out of the India squad for the Australia tour
userPTI
01 Nov 2020
safari
NEWS
As wicketkeeper, Dhoni was faster than the best pickpockets: Shastri
The India coach said despite creating an enviable legacy, Dhoni's calm demeanour made him unique
userPTI
16 Aug 2020
safari
FEATURE
Ravi Shastri, a man for all jobs
On his 58th birthday, we look back at his international career, commentary stints, and on-going coaching tenure
userHardik Worah
27 May 2020
safari
NEWS
India set to play day-night Test in Australia: BCCI sources
India declined Cricket Australia's offer to play day-night Tests during their last tour Down Under
userPTI
16 Feb 2020
safari
NEWS
Not in favour of four-day Tests, says India captain Kohli
The Indian captain was clearly in his stance against the four-day Tests
userPTI
04 Jan 2020
safari
NEWS
Winning an ICC tournament is a "bloody obsession", for Ravi Shastri
Shastri also open to have KL Rahul as a wicket-keeping option next year at the World Cup
userPTI
15 Dec 2019
safari
NEWS
Plenty of questions still to be answered: Shastri on pink ball
Shastri said he would observe how things work out in this game before giving a definitive view
userPTI
22 Nov 2019
logo
Cricket like never before
Follow us on
FacebookTwitterLinkedin
@ 2020 cricket.com | All rights reserved