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MS Dhoni an elder statesman in Indian dressing-room: Ravi Shastri

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MS Dhoni is an asset to the Indian team and is an elder statesman in the dressing-room, Ravi Shastri told India Today in an exclusive interview.

Shastri, who was appointed Team India coach in July following Anil Kumble's resignation after the Champions Trophy, said Dhoni was still the best wicketkeeper in the world and was among the fittest in the team.

The dashing wicketkeeper-batsman retired from Test cricket in 2014 and Shastri believes the decision has paid off and it has helped Dhoni stay fit and agile for the shorter formats.

"Dhoni is still the best wicketkeeper in the world and he is the quickest. The break from Test cricket has been great for Dhoni. He is an asset to the Indian team. He is an elder statesman in the dressing room," Shastri told India Today's Boria Majumdar.

Dhoni suffered a slight slump in form last year but he has so far enjoyed a good run after giving up the limited-overs captaincy in January. In 18 ODIs in 2017, Dhoni has 548 runs at an average of 91.33.

His composure in tricky situations helped India out in Kandy where Sri Lanka fought hard. But knocks of 45 not out and 67 not out followed by an unbeaten 49 in a high-scoring game in Colombo took the wind out of Sri Lanka's sails.

Shastri said Dhoni's Sri Lanka performance was just the trailer to what was yet to come.

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