New Delhi | Jagran Sports Desk: Speaking about the availability of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, head coach Ravi Shastri on Wednesday said that it depends on the former wicket-keeper batsman whether he wants to come back in the team or not.

He further said that Dhoni himself has to decide whether he wants to start playing again or not and speak with the selectors about his plan.

“Whether he wants to comeback, that's for him to decide. I have not met him after the World Cup. He has to first start playing and let's see how things go. I don't think he has started playing after the World Cup. If he is keen, he will definitely let the selectors know,” said Ravi Shastri.

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Dhoni has not played any competitive cricket since India’s exit from the World Cup 2019 and is enjoying his time off the field. After the World Cup 2019, Dhoni had made himself and took a two-month sabbatical from cricket to serve his territorial army unit in Kashmir.

Meanwhile, Shastri praised the veteran wicket-keeper and said he will go down as one the greatest player of the country.

“He will go down as one of our greatest players, very, very high up the list,” Shastri said in an interview to The Hindu.

Shastri also spoke about Wriddhiman Saha and explained the team's decision to play him ahead of explosive wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant.

“Saha was injured and that was the reason Pant came into the Test side. Saha is the best 'keeper' in the world, and at home, where the bounce can be variable, his 'keeping is invaluable,” said Shastri.

“Pant has scored Test hundreds in England and Australia, is talented, but he is still very young and has the time to improve his keeping,” he added.

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