Ravi Shastri has extended his support to MS Dhoni by lashing out at latter’s critics and stating that people should look back at their careers before commenting. He also added that the under-fire batsman has a lot of cricket left in him and it is the team’s duty to back him during this situation.
After India lost the second T20I of the three-match series against New Zealand by a humiliating 40 runs in Rajkot, VVS Laxman and Ajit Agarkar had raised questions over Dhoni’s place in the shortest format for India. When Dhoni came to bat, India had lost four of their wickets for 67 runs. In his innings, Dhoni took too many balls to settle and by the time he got into his groove, the run rate had gone beyond reach and India eventually lost the game.
Though the innings brought Dhoni a lot of criticisms, he found many supporters as well. Earlier, Syed Kirmani had lashed out at Laxman and Agarkar and now Shastri has shown his backing as well.
Speaking to PTI, Shastri said, "People should look back at their career before commenting on Dhoni. The former captain has a lot of cricket left in him and it is the duty of the team to back the legend. There is no one better than Dhoni on the field given his ability behind the wicket and with the bat and his presence of mind and sharpness on the field."
In the recent past, the Indian cricket team has produced multiple examples in which they proved the high level of their fielding. The team's head coach also appreciated the change that the players have shown during the matches, which is what makes them so special.
"In terms of fielding this team is the very best in the world at the moment and that's something that separates this team from Indian teams of the past," he opined.
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"This team always turns up on the park to win. We hope to win the series spread over one and half months before going to South Africa," the 55-year-old stated.
BCCI excluded Hardik Pandya from the Test squad who was chosen for the first two Tests against Sri Lanka in order to give him some rest. And Shastri made it clear that the team is not about one player. "This team is not about one particular individual, we lose together, we win together," Shastri said.