"He knew who was the next leader in the line" - Ravi Shastri
Without any doubt, the former Indian skipper MS Dhoni is one of the best captains in the history of cricket. He makes cool decisions during pressure situations has earned him the name "Captain Cool" in the world of cricket.
On that note, the former Indian head coach Ravi Shastri has opened up after hearing Dhoni's retirement in the dressing room. The 40-year-old has featured in 90 Tests for India where he accumulated 4876 runs that he played at an average of 38.09, including 6 hundred and 33 fifties to his name.
Moreover, the right-handed has represented India across 350 ODI's from which he aggregated 10773 runs at an average of 50.57 and has 10 centuries and 73 half-centuries under his belt. Coming to the T20Is, MS Dhoni has played 98 matches and has piled up 1617 runs that he played at an average of 37.60 and has been the best finisher for Team India across as aspects of the game.
He was just waiting for the opportune time to make that announcement: Ravi Shastri
During an interaction with Star Sports this Sunday, the 59-year-old has shared a few things during the Melbourne Test against Australia and said, "It came as a huge surprise in Melbourne when he said ‘I am finishing with Test cricket’. In fact, he just casually walked up to me and said, ‘Ravi bhai, I need to speak to the boys’. I said ‘sure’.
So I thought he would say something, we’d drawn a great game, batted last day. To draw that match was tremendous stuff. And he comes out, bolt out of the blue, ‘I am done with Test cricket’. And I just saw the faces around the dressing room, they were in a state of shock, most of them. But that’s MS for you."
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"He knew who was the next leader in the line. He was just waiting for the opportune time to make that announcement because he knew how much his body could take. He wanted to prolong his white-ball career. When his body tells him it’s enough, it’s enough. There’s no second thoughts with MS," he added.