Published On : Fri, Aug 28th, 2015

MS Dhoni’s retirement mystery

Ravi Shastri defended MS Dhoni’s decision to quit during India’s tour of Australia, even lauding him for it

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It’s been just over eight months since MS Dhoni shocked the cricketing world by abruptly announcing his retirement from Test cricket through a press-release, minutes after helping India draw the Boxing Day Test at the MCG.

The real cause behind the shock announcement has been mired by conspiracy theories and a lot of unsolicited speculation — mainly because the man himself has never dwelt on it.

Team Director Ravi Shastri was at the helm of affairs back then like he is now. And on Thursday, on the eve of the third Test at the SSC ground, Shastri defended Dhoni’s decision, even lauding him for it.

Incidentally the question posed to him was about how he saw the transfer of power from Dhoni to the incumbent Virat Kohli.

“I think that was one of the reasons why MS decided to quit. You know he realised that there are three formats of the game. It is becoming hard for him. But at the same time he knew there was someone ready,” he said.