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Ravi Shastri yet to decide on Dhoni & Yuvraj playing 2019 World Cup

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Published: 13:06 GMT, Jul 13, 2017 |
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MS Dhoni has made no bones about the fact that he wishes to bow out of international cricket after the 2019 World Cup. It is believed the same holds true for another senior campaigner, Yuvraj Singh. While Dhoni has made his intentions clear, Yuvraj has not spoken about it openly. But newly appointed head coach Ravi Shastri has made it clear that he will take a call on the issue at the right time.

Speaking for the first time after becoming coach, Shastri made it clear that it was too early to speak about Dhoni and Yuvraj’s career and he would look first at the challenges that are staring at the team at present.

“2019 is a long way to go. They’re two champion cricketers. We will deal with them when time comes. Will spend time with captain and take things forward. I’ve not spoken to him (Virat Kohli). I will speak to him. I don’t carry baggage, what happened in the past is not my problem. I will start afresh. Whatever I discuss with Virat will stay between him and me,” he told India Today.

While both Dhoni and Yuvraj are champion performers and have won India many games on their own, their recent form isn’t something to write home about. Even though Yuvraj did help India beat Pakistan in the opening game of the Champions Trophy with his whirlwind knock of 53 off 32 balls, Dhoni had a poor Champions Trophy before hitting a 79-ball unbeaten 78 against West Indies.

But India skipper Virat Kohli has extended his predecessor Dhoni unflinching support amid a gradually growing chorus of calls for his retirement from international cricket. Kohli spoke warmly about India’s most successful cricket captain hours before he turned 36, while giving cold shoulder to those calling for his retirement.