Before the limited overs series against Sri Lanka, MS Dhoni was under a lot of scrutinies, but gave replies with his bat and silenced all the critics.
In fact, MS was also brilliant behind the wickets as he achieved the milestone of 100 stumpings and was compared to lightning by the legendary Sachin Tendulkar. And now, head coach Ravi Shastri has said that MSD is still the best in the business.
During a recent interview with India Today, Shastri said, “Dhoni is still the best wicketkeeper in the world and he is the quickest. The break from Test cricket has been great for Dhoni. He is an asset to the Indian team. He is an elder statesman in the dressing room.”
He further added, “MS Dhoni is a massive influence on the team. He is a living legend in the dressing room and an ornament to the game. By no means or by any stretch of imagination he is finished or even half finished yet. If anyone thinks so, they are mistaken and they have another one coming. There are in for some surprises. The old dog has plenty to offer.”
Explaining it further, Indian coach said, “A player is evaluated on the basis of his current form and fitness and Dhoni has both. If you see his wicketkeeping, he is the best in ODI cricket. His fitness is superb, he batted well in Sri Lanka. And let me tell you, it was just a trailer what you saw in Sri Lanka now wait for the movie.”
Shastri also praised Indian selection committee for focussing on fitness as the primary criterion for selection in this process. He said, “ODIs are where we will experiment. Winning and losing will not matter so much. Of course, you play to win but we have to try all possible combinations. It is a long way to go until the World Cup and we want to take one series at a time.”