There may be constant debate over Mahendra Singh Dhoni's place in the Indian team, but coach Ravi Shastri has stated that the former captain is very much in the scheme of things for the 2019 World Cup.
Dhoni has been in excellent form in the ODI series against Sri Lanka. He has been unbeaten in the last three innings with scores of 45, 67 and 49.
Speaking about Dhoni, Shastri was quoted as saying in a PTI report, "MS Dhoni is a massive influence on the team. He is a living legend in the dressing room and an ornament to the game. By no means or by any stretch of imagination he is finished or even half finished yet.”
Shastri added, "If anyone thinks so, they are mistaken and they have another one coming. There are in for some surprises. The old dog has plenty to offer.”
Shastri added that Dhoni is still the best wicket-keeper in the country. "How do you pick players? When they are good, and Dhoni is the best limited-overs keeper in the country. Forget his batting stats, what else do you want. Just because he has played for so many years, you are thinking about a replacement?
"He is the best in the country. Would you look to replace Sunil Gavaskar when he was 36 years old or Sachin Tendulkar when he was 36? Dhoni is still the best in the business, so what is the need to even entertain those thoughts," Shastri further said in the PTI report.
--By A Cricket Correspondent