NEW DELHI: Mahendra Singh Dhoni, one of the most successful Captain in Indian cricket history better known as ‘Mahi’ or ‘Captain cool’ who retired from international cricket after the 2019 cricket WorldCup is included in India’s T20 squad but in a new role that is of a mentor.
MS Dhoni who was the captain of the Indian team that won the inaugurated T20 WorldCup in 2007 can use his experience to nurture and mold this young Indian team with an aggressive captain like Virat Kohli.
Sources suggest that the inclusion of MS Dhoni in the squad has taken many of BBCI’s office bearers by surprise even the selectors came to know about the same just before the press conference to announce the squad for T20 World Cup.
The dismal performance of the Indian team with white ball under Kohli and Shastri may be one of the strong reasons for the decision that came as a surprise to many.
Speaking to the media BCCI secretary Jay Shah said, “He was okay with my decision and agreed to be a Team Mentor of Team India for the T20 World Cup only. I am glad that MS (Dhoni) has accepted the BCCI’s offer and he is keen to contribute to the national team once again. MS Dhoni will work closely with Ravi Shastri as well as other support staff to provide support and direction to Team India.”
When asked if Kohli and Shastri had been consulted, Shah said, “I spoke to the captain and vice-captain, as well as Ravi Shastri.” They are all on the same page, which is why this matter has come to this conclusion.”
With Dhoni on boards, BCCI is hopeful that Dhoni’s experience can be detrimental and can help Kohli to crack the white ball code. “No one can guide this Indian team better than Dhoni.
He has a lot of experience, and the players have a lot of faith in him. His presence in the dugout will benefit both the players and the support staff.
According to a BCCI official, “Jay (Shah) felt that Dhoni was the only person who could help the team during the T20 World Cup, so he dialled him.”
Taking to Twitter BCCI wrote, “Mr. @msdhoni will join #TeamIndia for the upcoming #T20WorldCup as a mentor. The announcement from Mr. @JayShah , Honorary Secretary, BCCI, which made the entire nation happy.”
— BCCI (@BCCI) September 8, 2021
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