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MS Dhoni almost had a tear in his eye after 2019 World Cup semis exit, writes Ravi Shastri

MS Dhoni virtually had a tear in his eye after 2019 World Cup semis exit, writes Ravi Shastri | Cricket Information

The 2019 World Cup loss towards New Zealand might be remembered for extra issues than one in India cricket historical past, extra so resulting from the truth that it turned out to be former captain MS Dhoni’s final worldwide match in India colors. Dhoni was run-out was scoring a ‘back-to-the-wall’ within the final 4 tie towards Kane Williamson’s Kiwis and with that ended all Indian hopes. Crew India head coach Ravi Shastri remembers ‘a tear in his eye’ as ‘Captain Cool’ Dhoni walked again to the pavilion that day.
“Nothing frazzled Dhoni. ‘Captain Cool’ is one thing of a cliché now, however in some ways, nonetheless probably the most apt description for MS. The one time I noticed a flicker of disappointment on his face was after we misplaced the semi-final of the 2019 World Cup to New Zealand. I may virtually see a tear in his eye, of self-admonishment, that he ought to have been run out when a lot trusted him,” Shastri wrote in his new ebook ‘Stargazing: The gamers in my life’.
Dhoni ended his worldwide profession with 90 Exams, 350 ODIs and 98 T20Is underneath his belt however landmarks by no means mattered to him. He stays the one skipper to win T20 World Cup, 50-over World Cup and ICC Champions Trophy throughout his tenure.
The Chennai Tremendous Kings skipper introduced his worldwide retirement out of the blue on August 15, 2020. His Take a look at retirement was equally stunning as his worldwide one. “Shortly after the third Take a look at at Melbourne in 2014 was drawn, Mahendra Singh Dhoni made his choice to retire from Take a look at cricket know within the dressing room. The silence may have been reduce with a knife. Not a single participant a lot as shuffled their ft for some time. My jaw hit the ground,” Shastri writes, remembering the day of Dhoni’s Take a look at retirement.
“Nonetheless one of many top-three fittest gamers on the group, he would have the chance to spice up his profession stats if nothing else. True, he wasn’t getting any youthful, however hinge wasn’t that previous both! His choice simply didn’t make sense,” Shastri wrote additional of MSD’s retirement plans.
The previous India all-rounder, who has written about fairly a number of gamers in his ebook, added that he tried to persuade the previous India wicketkeeper to mull over his choice once more. Nevertheless, he feels Dhoni took the fitting choice by sticking to it.
Shastri was Indian group’s director cricket when Dhoni determined to hold his boots. “All cricketers say landmarks and milestones don’t matter, however some do. I approached the problem in a roundabout approach, probing for a gap to make him change his thoughts. However there was a firmness to MS’s tone that stopped me from pushing the matter any additional. Wanting again, I believe his choice was right; additionally courageous and selfless,” Shastri wrote. “Giving up on probably the most highly effective place in cricket on the planet, in a approach, could not have been straightforward.”
Shastri put Dhoni in the identical league as Sachin Tendulkar and Kapil Dev when it got here to his influence on Indian cricket. “MS’s influence on Indian cricket has been monumental. As a participant, he’s in the identical league as Sachin Tendulkar and Kapil Dev the place multi-format excellence is anxious,” Shastri felt.
Crew India head coach indicators off by saying that Dhoni stays a large inspiration for kids in India, particularly from the ‘hinterland’. No marvel that BCCI have determined to nominate his as a mentor of the Indian group on the T20 World Cup subsequent month.
(Zee Information English might be carrying a sequence of articles based mostly on Crew India head coach Ravi Shastri’s new ebook – ‘Stargazing: The gamers in my life’)

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