MS Dhoni was untouchable as captain and player when N Srinivasan was the president of the BCCI. Now that Srinivasan is no longer a part of the BCCI, MS Dhoni no longer enjoys the protection and privileges that he was once used to.
Ravi Shastri who served as the Indian Team Manager for the last two years went after Dhoni in the ‘interest of Indian cricket’. Shastri who has resumed his role as a television commentator believes that it is time for Dhoni to relinquish the ODI and T20 captaincy to Virat Kohli who is the test captain.
Shastri believes that Kohli has proved that he has what it takes to lead India in all formats and that the captaincy does not affect his batting form. Since Dhoni is already 34 years old, Shastri believes that it will be difficult for Dhoni to stay on and captain the side in the 2019 World Cup.
Shastri wants Virat Kohli to lead the side at the earliest and gain as much experience as possible before the 2019 World Cup. There are unconfirmed rumours that Shastri could be selected as the main coach of team India on the 10th of June considering the fact that he has a close relationship with Virat Kohli and has done reasonably well when he was the team manager.
R Ashwin once a strong Dhoni support also threw his weight behind Kohli saying that he was a thorough captain who does his homework before a game. It is no secret that Ashwin and Dhoni’s relationship has suffered over the last 18 months as Dhoni has lost confidence in India’s leading off-spinner.
In a statement, Shastri said “I definitely think Kohli should be given the job across formats. “India play hardly any one-day cricket if you see the next 18 months-two years, and the gaps between Tests and ODIs are massive. So, here’s your time to look ahead and see what you can do with an Indian side all-round three years down the line. If I am the chairman of selectors, I would be thinking in that direction, no question about it.”
Shastri wants Dhoni to give up the captaincy but still continue to play both ODIs and T20 as a wicket-keeper bastman as he believes Dhoni still has a lot to offer the game. Shastri believes that Dhoni who has struggled with the bat for the last two years might find the freedom he needs after giving up the captaincy.
MS Dhoni will lead a young Indian squad to Zimbabwe and could end up addressing these remarks before the end of the tour.