Speculation on Dhoni’s future is ‘disrespectful’: Shastri

Published : 26 Oct 2019 08:06 PM | Updated : 06 Sep 2020 04:25 PM

India coach Ravi Shastri feels that speculating about MS Dhoni's future is "downright disrespectful" and wants to see the debate end "once and for all", ESPN reports.

"Half the guys commenting on MS Dhoni can't even tie their shoelaces," Shastri told the Times of India. "Look at what he's achieved for the country. Why are people in a hurry to see him off? Maybe, they don't find enough talking points. He and everybody who knows him know he'll be going away soon. So, let it happen when it has to.

"Making statements at his expense is downright disrespectful. After 15 years of playing for India, wouldn't he know what's the right thing to do? When he retired from Test cricket, what did he say? That Wriddhiman Saha was good enough to be handed over the wicket-keeping gloves. He was correct. He's been a shadow when it comes to the team, always sharing his mind, lending his views." While Dhoni has been silent on the subject, he dropped in to the Indian dressing room in Ranchi, his hometown, following their 3-0 sweep of South Africa in the recent Test series.

"The other day, he came over to the dressing room in Ranchi to meet Shahbaz Nadeem and had a chat - how motivating is that for a guy making his debut at home," Shastri said.