Look at your ca­reer be­fore com­ment­ing on MSD: Shas­tri

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In­dia’s chief coach Ravi Shas­tri yes­ter­day once again ex­tended un­flinch­ing sup­port to Ma­hen­dra Singh Dhoni, say­ing those com­ment­ing on the two-time World Cup win­ning for­mer skip­per should look back at their own ca­reers.

A few for­mer In­dia play­ers, in­clud­ing VVS Lax­man and Ajit Agarkar, re­cently raised ques­tions about Dhoni’s T20I fu­ture. “Peo­ple should look back at their ca­reer be­fore com­ment­ing on Dhoni. The for­mer cap­tain has a lot of cricket left in him and it is the duty of the team to back the legend,” Shas­tri said.

The coach fur­ther said the cul­ture of the cur­rent team is based on per­for­mance and qual­ity.

“There is no one bet­ter than Dhoni on the field given his abil­ity be­hind the wicket and with the bat and his pres­ence of mind and sharp­ness on the field,” he said.

Shas­tri lauded the play­ers’ ath­leti­cism and said: “In terms of field­ing this team is the very best in the world at key mo­ment and that’s some­thing that sep­a­rates this team from In­dian teams of the past.”

In­dia will take on Sri Lanka in three Tests be­gin­ning with the Eden five-dayer on Novem­ber 16, and this will be Shas­tri’s first home Test se­ries. “This team al­ways turns up on the park to win. We hope to win the se­ries spread over one and half months be­fore go­ing to South Africa.”

Hardik Pandya has been rested for the se­ries. Shas­tri said: “This team is not about one par­tic­u­lar in­di­vid­ual, we lose to­gether, we win to­gether.”

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In­dia coach Ravi Shas­tri (right) chats with MS Dhoni dur­ing a prac­tice ses­sion at Pallekele Sta­dium in Kandy, Sri Lanka last Au­gust.

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