first_imgShastri also spoke about the in-form Virat Kohli and said Shastri also spoke about the in-form Virat Kohli and said the number three batsman has a hunger to perform on a big stage. “Every time he bats you can all see its passion written all over. You can see his body language, he just loves the big stage. He wants to compete against the best in the world,” said the Team Director. “As we saw against Pakistan (in Asia Cup), for him to bat in that fashion after Aamirs spell, it was a world class innings. Hes a kind of player whos hungry. He wants to score big once he gets going.” On seam all-rounder Hardik Pandya, Shastri said: “He is useful in all three department… Hes a very good fielder. Hes sharp when he bowls, hes a tremendous striker of the ball. You need players like this in this format of the game. That always a big plus.” He also slammed the critics for their non-stop criticism of captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, saying that he (Dhoni) has nothing left to prove and a champion like him should not be treated like that. “Ive said long back that he (Dhoni) is the best. What else hes left to be achieved… Even you must be tired of watching him winning but still there will be two-three who will want him to retire. This thing is normal in our country. You go after your champions and tell them to go, its enough,” he said. PTI TAP PDS PDSadvertisementlast_img

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