Two-time World Cup-winning India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni may ‘soon end his ODI career’, head coach Ravi Shastri has revealed. Dhoni’s last outing in India colours (in ODIs) was during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 semifinal against New Zealand in July. Speaking on other issues, Shastri also slammed the ICC’s four-day Test proposal, calling the concept ‘nonsense’. Also Read - ENG vs IND 2021: Joe Root Reacts England's 10-Wicket Loss in Pink-Ball Test, Says Week Like This Doesn’t Define us as Team
“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 was quoted by ‘CNN News18’. Also Read - Virat Kohli Breaks MS Dhoni's Record With 10-Wicket Win Over England in Pink-Ball Test, Register His 22nd Test Win on Home Soil
“People must respect that he’s played non-stop in all formats of the game for a while. Also Read - ICC World Test Championship Points Table: India Zoom to Top Spot After Crushing Win, England Out of Race For Final
“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 wicketkeeper 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…”
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 a 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,” Shastri concluded.