Former India head coach Ravi Shastri has made an interesting revelation recently involving former India captain MS Dhoni. Shastri revealed that despite spending a lot of time with Dhoni at the national team, he still doesn’t have the personal number of the Ranchi-born cricketer.
Shastri revealed this while talking with Shoaib Akhtar on the latter’s Youtube channel. Both Shastri and Akhtar are present in Oman, for the inaugural edition of the Legends League Cricket where Shastri is the Commissioner of the League and Akhtar is playing for Asia Lions.
Shastri, who stepped down as India’s coach at the end of the T20 World Cup last year, said that MS Dhoni doesn’t keep a phone and avoids it most of the time making it really difficult to get in touch with him.
“In fact, if he can avoid having the phone in his hand, he will avoid the phone in his hand. Honestly, even till today, I don’t have his number. I have never asked for his number even. Because I know he never carries his phone and if you have to get in touch with him, you know how to get in touch with him. MS is that kind of a guy,” Ravi Shastri told Akhtar.
Shastri also gushed in praise for MS Dhoni‘s cool and composed temperament. He hailed the equanimity of Dhoni even in losses and personal bad form. He said that even Sachin Tendulkar had got angry a few times, but not Dhoni.
“MS Dhoni was unreal. I have never seen a guy like him in my life. Whether he makes a zero or a 100, or lift a World Cup or get knocked out in the first round, it never mattered to him. I promise you, I have seen a lot of players but none like Dhoni. I have seen even Sachin Tendulkar. Fantastic temperament but sometimes get angry but this guy never gets angry. He didn’t care,” Shastri added.
Dhoni, who retired from international cricket in 2020 having played his last game for India in the 2019 World Cup, will be seen in the yellow colours of the Chennai Super Kings in IPL 2022. He led CSK to their fourth IPL title last season.