In an interview with India Today, Shastri said “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.”
On the decision of resting Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, the former Indian captain, Shastri added that the team’s priority was Test cricket which is why they needed to rest them.
“We can’t play Ashwin and Jadeja all the time. There is enough time for Ashwin to get back into the team because the World Cup is still two years away. Emphasis has to be on Test cricket,” he added.
Dhoni was in top form in the ODI series against Sri Lanka, having scored unbeaten 45, 67 and 49 in his last three innings including the one he played in his 300th ODI.