Ravi Shastri, Indian team’s head coach, feels it will be an uphill task for India to replace former Indian legendary captain MS Dhoni who announced his retirement from international cricket in August 2020 after leading India to T20 and ODI Worlds Cup wins but is currently captaining Chennai Super Kings franchise in IPL 2020.
Regarded as one of the finest wicket-keeper batsmen of all-time having several records behind his name and one of India’s most successful captains, MS Dhoni will go down as one of the greatest of all-time, reckoned Ravi Shastri.
Rishabh Pant Failed To Grab Opportunities As KL Rahul Named In All 3 Formats For Australian Tour
Rishabh Pant was once considered as an ideal replacement for legendary batsman skipper MS Dhoni when he was first spotted as an explosive batsman in IPL.
He, however, failed to grab opportunities across formats failing to convert starts to big scores and for that reason has so far failed to cement his spot in the white-ball limited-overs format though his average is better in Tests. KL Rahul is donning the gloves in both ODIs and T20Is while Wriddhiman Saha remains the first-choice wicket-keeper in Tests.
Rishabh Pant’s career went downwards which is evident from the fact that he averages less than 30 in limited-overs and was recently dropped for the upcoming tour of Australia from both ODI and T20I squads which gets underway next month Down Under.
Rishabh Pant has also been struggling by being overweight according to trainer’s report apart from his below-par average in limited-overs which has led to his exclusion from white-ball squads.
KL Rahul will don the gloves in both white-ball formats as he continues his exemplary run in IPL 2020 by being leading run-scorer after doing well on New Zealand tour earlier in 2020. Sanju Samson has also been named in the T20I squad for an Australian tour and will act as a back-up option for KL Rahul, who has been named in all three squads.
Ravi Shastri: To Find Replacement For MS Dhoni Is Hard Enough
Recently, coach Ravi Shastri was asked about MS Dhoni’s replacement for Team India in the future. Ravi Shastri said finding MS Dhoni’s successor is like seeking the next all-rounder former skipper Kapil Dev or legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar as such players are hard to replace and are generational.
Ravi Shastri added on the same breadth that India has enough talent in its ranks, and the youngsters should step up and grab the chances provided to them.
“Those are massive boots to fill. With the track record, he (Dhoni) has, he has gone down in history as one of our greatest cricketers. Not just as a keeper and a batsman but his record as captain. To find a replacement for him is like once Kapil Dev finished can we get a Kapil Dev? Till today, we haven’t found another Kapil Dev,” Ravi Shastri told Times Now.
“Can we get another Tendulkar? It’s not easy to get these kind of players but there is enough talent in the country and it is up to the youngsters to grab the opportunity,” the Indian head coach added.
MS Dhoni, who debuted for India in 2004 in ODI featured in 350 ODIs, 90 Tests, and 98 T20Is in his illustrious international career spanning 16 years where he amassed 10,773, 4876 and 1617 runs respectively in the three formats. MS Dhoni has several records to his name and has led CSK to three IPL titles.
He also led India in a total of 332 matches across formats which is the most by any captain ever in the world and remains the only skipper in history so far to have won all three major ICC trophies – T20 World Cup in 2007, ODI World Cup in 2011 and Champions Trophy in 2013 as captain.