As wicketkeeper, Dhoni was quicker than the perfect pickpockets: Shastri

New Delhi, August 16

Faster than the perfect pickpockets as wicketkeeper and a cricketer who modified the sport for all occasions to return, mentioned India coach Ravi Shastri on the just-retired Mahendra Singh Dhoni, including a little bit of quirkiness to the emotional tributes which have poured in.

Dhoni bid adieu to worldwide cricket on Saturday, posting “consider me retired” on his Instagram web page. Shastri provided his tackle the impression made by the two-time World Cup-winner in his trademark tongue-in-cheek fashion.

“This man is second to none. And coming from where he did he changed cricket for all times to come. And his beauty is he did it in all formats,” Shastri informed India Today.

“For me what stood out were his stumpings and his run outs. He had such fast hands that he was at times faster than any pickpocket,” he mentioned.

Counting Dhoni’s achievements, Shastri mentioned regardless of creating an enviable legacy, Dhoni’s calm manner made him distinctive.

“T20 – he has won a World Cup and multiple IPL titles. 50 overs – he has won a World Cup. Test cricket- he has taken India to the number one position in the world. Played 90 Test matches,” he mentioned.

“And he all the time took life because it got here. From his days in Kharagpur to his days as an Indian cricketer he was all the time within the second. And in retirement additionally he has moved on.

“As I said he is second to none,” he added.

The former cricketer mentioned Dhoni set a brand new bar in wicketkeeping regardless of not being a “natural”.

“…however (he) was efficient as hell. Look on the impression he had…The batsman wouldn’t even realise that Dhoni had taken the bails off and that’s one thing that added to his aura.

“In any list of cricket’s greatest, not greats but the greatest, you have to include this man,” he signed off.

Dhoni final performed for India in July 2019 within the misplaced World Cup semifinal in opposition to New Zealand. He went on a sabbatical after that however remained a topic of intense hypothesis, which ended along with his announcement on Saturday.

He will, nonetheless, be seen in motion main the Chennai Super Kings within the IPL from September 19 within the UAE. The occasion has been moved out of India this 12 months as a result of COVID-19 pandemic. PTI


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