New Delhi. Nearly a year after retiring from international cricket from all forms of cricket, former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (MS Dhoni) will once again be seen with Team India next month. However, this time his role will be different. After the announcement of the team by the BCCI, the two-time World Cup winning captain has been selected as the mentor for Team India for the T20 World Cup 2021. BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal recently spoke about Dhoni joining the team as a mentor and said that India will definitely benefit from the veteran’s presence in the camp.
Arun Dhumal said, “He (Dhoni) has been a great captain. Under his captaincy, India won the inaugural World T20, the 2010 and 2016 Asia Cups, the 2011 World Cup and the 2013 Champions Trophy. The records are amazing. It’s really great to have him as a mentor to the team (for the ICC World Cup).” He further said on the India Ahead website, “He has a good reputation and respect in the team, and bringing him in does not mean belittling anyone. They have also done an amazing job.”
Let us tell you that the ICC T20 World Cup was scheduled to be held in 2020. But it was suspended due to the Kovid-19 epidemic. Now this tournament is to be held in 2021 and it is to be played in UAE and Oman instead of India. The tournament will be played at four venues in Muscat, Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah.
When asked further whether Virat Kohli’s decision to step down from T20 captaincy was his own or was he forced by the BCCI? To this, Arun Dhumal said, “The board did not ask him to step down. It was absolutely his own decision. Why would we ask them to do this? He was doing a great job.”