Indian coach dismissed all speculations over MS Dhoni’s retirement rumour by revealing that the former captain had taken the ball from the umpires to show it to the bowling coach Bharat Arun. Speculations about MS Dhoni’s retirement ran rife once the video was posted on social platforms. Media houses speculated that MS Dhoni could soon announce retirement. Now, we discover that it was for a different reason. Shastri confirmed, “MS Dhoni is going nowhere”.
Shastri also went on to state that if criticism comes the 37-year-old’s way he might as well endure it. “Is Dhoni retiring?”, became a trending thing after the video showed MS Dhoni asking for the ball from the umpires after in Leeds after India lost the match by 8 wickets and the series 2-1. When Shastri was asked the same question, he blatantly said to TOI, ” That’s rubbish. MS is not going anywhere.”
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“MS wanted to show the ball to Bharat Arun. He wanted to show him the wear and tear the ball had endured, to get a general idea of what the conditions were like,” clarified Indian coach Ravi Shastri.
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Meanwhile, MS Dhoni was jeered at Lord’s and Leeds for his slow-paced batting. He scored a 59-ball37 and 66-ball 42 respectively. India lost both the matches and MS Dhoni was flak on social space, where fans wanted him to call it quits.
But it was Indian captain Virat Kohli who came out and defended his predecessor, MS Dhoni. Kohli in the post-match conference said that when he does well people hail him and if he fails fans start criticising him. People jump to conclusions but the team does not.
Meanwhile, India has announced an 18-member squad for the upcoming Tests.
India squad for first three Tests: Virat Kohli (c), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, M Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Karun Nair, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Rishabh Pant, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Shardul Thakur.