Head coach of India, Ravi Shastri has come out in support of struggling keeper-batsman MS Dhoni after his recent poor form against Australia and New Zealand, especially in the T20I series.
Former India players turned media pundits VVS Laxman, Aakash Chopra and Ajit Agarkar had questioned Dhoni’s place in the T20I team after Dhoni played a struggling innings of 49 against New Zealand in the second T20I at Rajkot. Dhoni was blamed for India’s loss in that match, as his inability to rotate strike led to the required run rate rising to unreachable levels.
"People should look back at their career before commenting on Dhoni. The former captain has a lot of cricket left in him and it is the duty of the team to back the legend. There is no one better than Dhoni on the field given his ability behind the wicket and with the bat and his presence of mind and sharpness on the field," Shastri said.
Shastri also lauded the Indian team’s fitness and spirit, saying, “In terms of fielding this team is the very best in the world at the moment and that's something that separates this team from Indian teams of the past.”
Shastri continued, "This team always turns up on the park to win. We hope to win the series spread over one and half months before going to South Africa."