Playing 2019 World Cup as a mentor long cherished dream of MS Dhoni, reveals manager

first_imgMahendra Singh Dhoni may have lost his form with the bat but still remains the best wicket-keeper in the limited-overs formats and the player with the best cricketing brain in the current Indian team which is what he plans to make full use of in the ICC World Cup in England next year.Dhoni’s place in the one-day side has been under the scanner for quite some time now due to a string of low scores in the format and rumours of his retirement have been doing the rounds ever since.But Dhoni, who was left out of the Indian T20I squad against West Indies earlier this month, is in no mood to stop just yet. The 37-year-old wants to give it one last shot in the mega-event in 2019, a tournament which he won as captain to end India’s 28-year drought at the World Cup in 2011.Dhoni should play 2019 World Cup because he takes load off Kohli, says GavaskarFor a captain who has won every single ICC tournament and is still the only one to do so, there is little left to achieve but Dhoni is determined to help his successor Virat Kohli lift the trophy, while essaying the role of a mentor.”It’s been a long cherished dream of Dhoni – since he gave up the captaincy in white ball cricket – to play in the World Cup next year where he would be more as a mentor to the team.Dhoni’s experience will be missed but great opportunity for Pant and Karthik: Rohitadvertisement”His idea was to give (Virat) Kohli time to develop in this role and there is still no change in his thinking,” Arun Pandey, his longtime friend and manager, told to Gulf News.Despite not scoring runs, Dhoni remains an important member in the team because of his experience and is still the best person in the team to take decisive decisions in crunch situations, as we have all seen in the past couple of years since he gave up captaincy.Also Read – MS Dhoni faces the biggest test of his career as World Cup looms closerHis judgement with the Decision Review System (DRS) is unparalleled and if often seen changing the fields and sharing the tricks of the trade with Kohli during matches.Which is why even former India captain Sunil Gavaskar believes India needs Dhoni to play in the next World Cup before calling it quits.Also Read – Believe it or not: MS Dhoni has been dropped. Here is why it happened”There is no question. Because apart from the fact that he has got the experience, he is so useful to Virat Kohli,” Gavaskar said when he was asked if Dhoni should be a part of the 50-overs squad for the World Cup.The MSK Prasad-led selection committee’s decision to leave Dhoni out of T20 action had stirred a debate on his one-day spot too. But like Kohli had said earlier this month, his manager also cleared the air on why Dhoni was not selected.Also Read – MS Dhoni not dropped: Virat Kohli backs ex captain after T20I snubBut, Gavaskar advocates Dhoni’s presence for the counsel he provides to Kohli.”All the little things he does from behind, telling the bowlers where to bowl to which batsmen, making those slight adjustments to the field, that leaves Virat free to think of bowling changes or to think ahead.”So he takes a big load of Virat and of course he is always by Virat’s side when he seeks advise. That’s invaluable. No amount of money can give you that experience. Just for that he should be there for the 2019 World Cup,” Gavaskar said.last_img

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