Why did he take the ball?
“Is MS Dhoni retiring,” is the question going on in the mind of the media and the fans since the ODI series has concluded. However, while speaking to the Times of India, Ravi Shastri has dismissed all the speculations of him hanging his boots. “That’s rubbish. MS is not going anywhere,” he said.
He also revealed that the 37-year-old took the ball from the match officials to show it to the bowling coach Bharat Arun. “MS wanted to show the ball to Bharat Arun. He wanted to show him the wear and tear the ball had endured, to get a general idea of what the conditions were like,” Shastri added.When asked about his slow knocks in the ODI series, the Indian head coach went on to say that Dhoni still remains an important member of the team. As far as the criticism is concerned, he felt that Dhoni will surely endure it in the near future.
“But right now, all this clamour is nonsense. He just wanted to show the ball to Arun to just have a look at it after close to 45 overs had been bowled,” he said.