“MS Dhoni is unreal, not even Sachin Tendulkar was like him,” Ravi Shastri heaps praise on former India captain

Shastri and MS Dhoni worked together in the Indian set-up from 2014 and 2021 in two stints

The former Indian head coach Ravi Shastri has said that he has never seen a player like MS Dhoni in his entire life. Shastri was in conversation with the former Pakistani pacer Shoaib Akhtar for his YouTube channel, where he said that Dhoni just doesn’t lose his temper at all.

According to Shastri, he has seen many cricketers across generations, but none is like MS Dhoni. It just doesn’t matter to Dhoni if he scores a zero, he scores a hundred, he wins the World Cup, or he gets eliminated from the first round, his reaction is always the same.

Shastri revealed that he doesn’t have the phone number of Dhoni till date and if he has to talk to Dhoni, he knows how to reach him, but Dhoni doesn’t have a phone. He doesn’t like keeping a phone, that’s the kind of person he is. He is just detached from everything.

Carrying his point forward, Shastri said that he is involved in the game of cricket for a significant length of time and he has seen many cricketers across generations. Many of them were temperamentally good, even Sachin Tendulkar was temperamentally very good, but nobody was like Dhoni.

Shoaib Akhtar actually asked Shastri about the personalities of different Indian players, to which Shastri said while Virat is a beast, Rohit is someone who is very laid back and in that sense, he is very similar to Dhoni because Dhoni was also not someone who was very reactive.

Akhtar shared one of his own stories with Rohit of a few years back when he was in Bangladesh for commentary assignments and he met Rohit in a gym. Akhtar recalled that he had told Rohit at that time itself that he had the ability to destroy any attack in the world and become one of the all-time great players of the game.

Australia is the toughest country to tour for any visiting side: Ravi Shastri

Ravi Shastri also talked about the achievements of the Indian test team under his coaching and said that winning the test series in Australia twice was the pinnacle for him because Australia is probably the toughest country to tour for any visiting side, and it reflects in Australia’s record at home over the years.

Their sporting culture is second to none, and for any visiting side to go there and beat them twice back to back in test cricket is a gigantic feat.



I write a bit on cricket and I am more interested in technical and tactical side of the game, rather than bravado.
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