India head coach Ravi Shastri has made bold claims about the former India captain and the current ODI and T20 wicket-keeper batsman, MS Dhoni. Shastri said that he believes Dhoni to be one of the very rare cricketers who have embraced the sport of cricket, and added that the Jharkhand cricketer will go down in history as one of the country’s greatest ODI cricketers.
MS Dhoni: one of the greatest ODI cricketers
MS Dhoni has had an illustrious cricket career, and while people have been questioning his form lately, especially in T20 cricket, Ravi Shastri is more than just supportive of the former captain-cool’s place in Team India squad. Apart from MS Dhoni registering 9,967 runs in a total of 387 ODI matches till now (at an excellent average of 51.37), the 36-year-old right-handed power hitter was also the captain who led India to clinch the World Cup in 2011.
Speaking to India Today, Ravi Shastri said that for MS Dhoni to maintain the level of fitness that the veteran does for every cricket match or tour, is nothing short of magnificent. He said,
“He’ll (Dhoni) go down as one of the greatest one-day players the world has ever seen. And when you have that kind of experience, the level of fitness and what he’s maintained.”
“And like I said, there is no substitute for experience. That cannot be bought or sold in the market,” Shastri emphasised on Dhoni’s integral presence in the Team India squad.
Dhoni’s presence in India’s lower order makes a “big, big difference”, according to Ravi Shastri
While some of the former cricketers and pundits feel that MS Dhoni is past his prime, and needs to move out of the ODI and T20 side for new and young talent to make inroads, Ravi Shastri is of the opinion that the Ranchi-born is still one of the best finishers in world cricket. The Team India head coach said,
“When it comes to finishing a game or batting in the final overs, there have been very few better than him in the history of the game. When you have that cushion of someone like him coming at No. 5, 6 or even 7 it makes a big big difference.”