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MS Dhoni may end his ODI career soon, says Ravi Shastri News – Cricket


NEW DELHI: Two-time World Cup winner, Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, may “soon end his ODI career,” chief coach Ravi Shastri said.

Speaking on other issues, Shastri also hit the ICC’s four-day trial proposal, calling the concept “meaningless.”

“I’ve had a conversation with MS and that’s between us. He has finished his test career, soon he can finish his DeODi career… In all likelihood, the one-day cricket will end,” Shastri told CNN News18.

“People must respect that they have played non-stop in all formats of the game for a while.

“At your age, probably the only format you’ll want to play is T20 cricket, which means you’ll have to start playing again, get back on the beat because you’re going to play in the IPL and see how your body reacts.”

The coach reiterated that the 38-year-old could still be a contender for the T20 World Cup if he does well in India’s next Premier League.

“… So he’s going to stay with T20, he’ll definitely play the IPL. One thing I know about Dhoni is that he won’t impose himself on the team. But if you have a cracked IPL, well, then…”

Dhoni’s last colour start was during the World Cup semi-final against New Zealand in July, where he ran out of life after half a century.

Shastri said form and experience will be taken into consideration when choosing the team for the largest event of the shortest format.

“We will have to consider the person’s experience and form. They’ll bat at number 5-6. If Dhoni plays well in the IPL, then he gets into styling.”

Dhoni, who is on a sabbatical year right now, has appeared for the country in 350 ODI, 90 Trials and 98 T20 Internationals while performing a staggering 829 layoffs behind the stumps.

His career is steended with several milestones, including leading India to the trophy at the 2011 World Cup where he finished the title clash with a six.

As the discussion ran for four-day trials, Shastri, as some of the game’s greats like Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting, opposed the idea.

“Four days of trial is nonsense, ” he said.

“If this continues, we may have limited evidence. There’s no need to manipulate the five-day evidence. If you want to manipulate, let the top six teams play five-day tests and the next six are allowed to play four-day trials.

“If you want to keep the Tests, let the top six play more against each other. You have the shortest format to popularize the game.”

When asked about the day and night tests, Shastri called the ICC to make the ball correct.

“The day and night test is still on probation. If you’re still a hit with a problem, This one’s help page is. During the day you have full tests, at night it seems half proof.

“I still feel like you’re going to get more people to see Tests if you have the first six to play each other (more often).”

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