India cricket team head coach Ravi Shastri said making statements about MS Dhoni’s future at this juncture is “downright disrespectful” to the cricketer and his celebrated career for Team India.

Amid constant speculations of Dhoni’s future in international cricket, Ravi Shastri pointed out that Dhoni timed his retirement in Tests perfectly and that he has earned the right to do it in his own way when it comes to the limited-overs formats of the game.

MS Dhoni has not played for India since the semi-final loss to New Zealand at World Cup 2019. Dhoni went on a sabbatical and joined joined the Territorial Army — 106 TA Battalion (Para) in Jammu and Kashmir on July 30, training Battalion for 2 weeks.

Dhoni was not available for selection for India’s tour of West Indies and their recently-concluded home series against South Africa.

Dhoni was not picked for the upcoming 3-match T20I series against Bangladesh and it is yet not clear whether the 39-year-old wicketkeeper made himself available for selection or not. Prasad though, stated that they are moving on from MS Dhoni to give more chances to younger wicket keepers like Rishabh Pant and Sanju Samson.

Despite the lack of clarity about MS Dhoni’s future in international cricket, head coach Ravi Shastri is not fretting over the situation.

“Half the guys commenting on can’t even tie their shoelaces. Look at what he’s achieved for the country. Why are people in a hurry to see him off? Maybe, they don’t find enough talking points. He and everybody who knows him know he’ll be going away soon. So, let it happen when it has to,” Ravi Shastri told The Times of India.

“Making statements at his expense is downright disrespectful. After 15 years of playing for India, wouldn’t he know what’s the right thing to do? When he retired from Test what did he say? That Wriddhiman Saha was good enough to be handed over the wicket-keeping gloves. He was correct. He’s been a shadow when it comes to the team, always sharing his mind, lending his views.

“Let me say this: MS Dhoni has earned the right to retire when he wants to. And let this debate end once and for all.”

Notably, MS Dhoni was spotted in the Team India dressing room after India’s win over South Africa in the 3rd and final Test in Ranchi earlier this week. Notably, Dhoni reached the JSCA Stadium in Ranchi in his new ride — the Nissan Jonga. The video of him leaving the stadium in his green jeep went viral on social media soon after.

Speaking about MS Dhoni’s future in international cricket, newly-elected BCCI president Sourav Ganguly also said he will respect the veteran wickektkeeper’s call.

“It depends on him. Even when I was left out and when the entire world said he will never make it, I believed in myself and came back and played for four years. Champions don’t finish quickly,” Ganguly had said.