India Cricket team head coach Ravi Shastri has finally broken silence about MS Dhoni’s return to the national side by revealing that the 38-year-old might well end his ODI career ‘soon’. However, he also said that MSD will be in contention for the 2020 T20 World Cup if he manages to perform well in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
“I have had a conversation with MS and that is between us,” he said in an interview with CNN News 18, “He has finished his Test career, he may soon end his ODI career. So he will be left with T20, he will definitely play the IPL. One thing I know about Dhoni is that he will not impose himself on the team. But if he has a cracking IPL, well, then…”
“We will have to consider the person’s experience and form. They will bat in the number 5-6 position. If Dhoni plays well in IPL then he does put himself in contention.”
In the interview, the 57-year-old also echoed in on captain Virat Kohli’s criticism over ICC’s purported move for four-day Tests.
“Four day Test is nonsense,” he said. “If this goes on we may have limited-overs Tests. There is no need to tamper with five-day Tests. If at all they want to tamper then let the top six sides play five-day Tests and the next six be allowed to play four-day Tests. If you want preserve Tests then let the top six play more against each other. You have the shorter format to popularise the game.”
Shastri also went on to back Pant, who has been in discussion owing to his form with the bat and gloves.
“Pant is just 21, how many 21-year-old wicketkeepers have made 100s? He hasn’t dropped many catches and everyone is entitled to make mistakes. As he matures he will get better. These things don’t happen overnight. There is no question that he is a match-winner. Talent is there, he is doing everything to cash in. He is working hard on his wicket-keeping,” he said.