SHASTRI CLEARS ALL RUMOURS
Indian coach Ravi Shastri abandoned all supposition 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 started happening once the video of the same was posted on all social media platforms. Media and press houses predicted that Dhoni could soon announce retirement from limited overs. Now, the reason was made clear by the Indian coach. Shastri confirmed, “MS is going nowhere”.
Shastri also defended the former captain stating that if criticism comes, the 37-year-old’s way he might as well endure it. “Is Dhoni retiring from limited overs too?”, became a trending topic after the video showed Dhoni asking for the ball from the umpires in the third ODI match after India lost the match by 8 wickets and the lost the series 2-1.
MS TOOK THE BALL TO SHOW IT TO THE BOWLING COACH
“MS just wanted to show the ball to Bharat Arun. He wanted to show him the wear and tear the ball had to endure, what went wrong, and to get an idea of what the pitch conditions were like,” clarified Indian coach Ravi Shastri.
“But right now, all this discussion is nonsense. He just wanted to show the ball to Arun to have a look at it after close to 45 overs had been bowled,” he said.
WHAT RAISED QUESTIONS ON DHONI’S FORM?
Moreover, the wicketkeeper was insulted at both Lord’s and Leeds for his slow-paced batting and non-hitting style of playing. He scored 37 runs off 59-balls and 42 runs off 66-balls respectively. India lost both the matches back to back.
But it was Indian captain Virat Kohli who came to defend the former captain. In the post-match conference, Kohli said that when he does well people shower him with appreciation, but if he fails fans immediately start criticising him. People are quick to jump to conclusions but the team does not.
Meanwhile, BCCI announced an 18-member squad for the upcoming five-day tests series starting from August 1.
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.