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London: MS Dhoni, India’s all-time great captain, has shown his captaincy prowess in all formats. Dhoni’s retirement comes after he set a number of records as a captain in all three formats. Coach Ravi Shastri is open about the retirement of Dhoni, who retired from the first Test and later became active in limited overs cricket.
Dhoni announced his retirement from Test cricket in 2014 while the Indian team was touring Australia. There have been many rumors that the player abruptly quit the Test without giving any indication of retirement. But coach Ravi Shastri says in his book Star Gossing the Players in My Life that Dhoni’s decision was courageous and selfless.
Dhoni is one of the best players in the world. Dhoni has won three ICC trophies, including two World Cups. Dhoni’s excellence in IPL too is unparalleled. While playing in good form, Dhoni retired with 10 more matches left to complete 100 Tests. He is the leading player in physical fitness. Shastri points out that such a player has suddenly retired.
He had spoken to Dhoni when he decided to retire. But Dhoni’s decision was firm. The assurance in Dhoni’s words deterred him from forcing himself. Looking back, it seems that Dhoni’s decision was the right one. Shastri said the decision was courageous and selfless.
Shastri says Dhoni’s hands are faster than pickpockets’. Dhoni is an extraordinary player. Dhoni is different in front and behind the wicket. It is not easy to imitate Dhoni. He has to tell young players not to imitate Dhoni unless you have a natural ability. The extraordinary speed of the hands is behind Dhoni’s achievement. In his book, Shastri says that for the sake of speed, there has never been a better wicket-keeper in Dhoni’s time.
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