Former Indian skipper MS Dhoni, who is hailed as one of the greatest skippers to have ever played the game, was brought in as the mentor of India’s 15-member T20 World Cup squad by the BCCI, a move that was praised by everyone.
Ahead of the high-voltage tournament, during a pre-tournament media interaction organized by the ICC, Virat Kohli expressed delight on having Dhoni’s practical inputs will serve as a big boost to India’s chances at the much-awaited tournament. He said:
“He has got massive experience. He is quite excited himself to be back in that environment. He has always been a mentor for all of us when we were starting our careers through till the time he was with the team,”
Kohli also expressed how having MS Dhoni by their side will help in enhancing the confidence of the youngsters in the squad. He said:
“Younger guys who are playing their first major tournaments at early stages of career will benefit. His eye for intricate details and practical advice will help improve the game by one or two percent.”
“We are absolutely delighted to have him…(His) presence will not only boost morale but also increase confidence that we already have,”
Virat Kohli stated that he is looking forward to gaining from the experience that MSD has accumulated over the years. He also said that Dhoni’s game awareness would be important in garnering ‘practical inputs’ on where the match is going and how the team can improve. Meanwhile, India will kickstart their T20 World Cup campaign against arch-rivals Pakistan in Dubai on October 24.