For more than a decade, M S Dhoni played for the Indian team and captained the Indian team in the limited over, format for almost 10 years.
In the process, under his leadership, India won the inaugural T20 World cup, 2011 world cup, 2013 champions trophy.
This is the first T20 world cup India is playing without the service of Dhoni. Virat Kohli is the second player to lead the Indian team after M S Dhoni. Due to COVID-19, the T20 world cup which was scheduled for 2020 postponed to 2021, had the 2020 edition happened we could have witnessed MS Dhoni in the field, but unfortunately it didn’t happen.
After that former Indian captain announced his retirement, on Wednesday it came as a surprise for MS Dhoni fans that their idol to mentor the Indian Cricket team, not only MS Dhoni followers others too would have been excited to see this announcement.
Now this question will come into everyone’s mind, who is the person behind this decision?. It’s learned that BCCI secretary Jay Shah met MS Dhoni in UAE, and approached T20 winning captain to mentor the Indian Cricket team. In reply MS Dhoni agreed to that proposal with the condition of he will be a mentor for the world cup only.
Before making it official, Jay Shah discussed this with Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, and Head Coach Ravi Shastri, and all were on the same page about this decision.
“I am glad that MS has accepted this offer and he is keen to contribute to our national team once again. MS Dhoni will work closely with Ravi Shastri as well as the other support staff to provide support to Team India,” Jay Shah said.
“As far as MS Dhoni is concerned, I spoke to him when I was in Dubai. He agreed to be the mentor of Team India for the T20 World Cup only. I discussed this with my colleagues also, they are also in the same page. I spoke to the captain and Vice-captain as well as Ravi Shastri. That’s why we reached the conclusion.” He further added.
There is no surprise that Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma agreed to this decision, Virat Kohli already expressed his view that he wants that his former captain to be in the squad for the 2020 T20 world cup which has not happened. When Dhoni announced his retirement he mentioned that always, MS Dhoni will be his captain.
Vice-Captain Rohit Sharma is always grateful to MSD as he mentioned that his career has been changed after MS asked him to open “With no disrespect to other great Indian captains, I was blessed to play under MS all these years. His calmness in pressure situations helped us. He always led from the front. There won’t be one like him.”
As per the source both captain and vice-captain welcomed the move of the BCCI.
The inclusion of MS Dhoni as a mentor would be a great move by BCCI and it will boost the Indian team’s confidence in this mega event. With his experience, he can give the inputs which would be priceless in a difficult situation.