As a player, Mahendra Singh Dhoni was also lucky like Sachin Tendulkar that he never had to ‘return’ to Team India. Did not have to return because ever since he was selected in the team, he never dropped. And when he wanted to, he said goodbye to every format of cricket.
But, exactly a year after retiring from every format of international cricket on 15 August 2020, he has not only returned to Team India, but has come back with a bang. It is okay that now he will neither keep nor bat behind the wicket, but he will be seen in a new role as a mentor.
The role of mentor is not new to Dhoni.
But, this completely new role is not even for Dhoni. In fact, even as a captain, Dhoni was more than a captain cum mentor for the young players. You ask and see how he used to guide Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal while giving advice. Did Dhoni disappear from behind the wicket advising that the game of these two deteriorated in such a way that now he is not even a part of the T20 world team.
Who better mentor than Dhoni to guide?
The second thing is that Rishabh Pant may have created panic in Test cricket as a batsman, but he still has a long way to go in white ball cricket. In such a situation, who can be a better mentor than Dhoni to guide him? Not only this, Pant is being seen as the captain of the future and hence his franchise Delhi Capitals has chosen him, ignoring the option of better captaincy like Shreyas Iyer.
In such a situation, for a wicket-keeper batsman to withstand the pressure of all three formats, playing the role of match-winner as a batsman and always being restrained as a captain is a triple role that any wicket-keeper-captain in the world can play in the modern era. Couldn’t play in all three formats. It was Dhoni who did such a job brilliantly and that is why he has been added to the team.
Neither Kohli nor Rohit, now only Dhoni camp in the team
One more thing that no one will say officially, but many critics feel that captain Kohli does not look comfortable due to the presence of Rohit Sharma in white ball cricket and especially T20 cricket.
The reason for this is that Rohit is the most successful captain in the history of IPL and ever since he won the Asia Cup in 2018, the demand for giving him the captaincy of Team India is also in full swing. In such a situation, the news of a clash between two very successful players has also come from time to time, which even a head coach like Ravi Shastri has not been able to handle.
Do you remember how before the tour of Australia last year, Virat Kohli had publicly questioned Rohit’s attitude and tried to say that the Mumbai opener gave priority to the IPL over the country and that’s why he went to the first two days. Did not play in test. But instead of cooling down such a delicate issue, Shastri gave more hot air.
Perhaps this is the reason why the BCCI has thought of bringing in a man like Dhoni with Team India for a high-profile tournament like the World Cup, which everyone looks up to with utmost respect and no one can avoid or cut off his words. Is. Be it Kohli or Shastri or Rohit.
Finally BCCI had to follow the path of CSK!
Anyway, Dhoni has extraordinary experience in white ball cricket and there is no other successful player like him. That’s why Chennai Super Kings always says that Dhoni will be associated with Chennai for the rest of his life, whether he remains the captain or not. Dhoni’s bat has not been scoring runs for the last two years, but Chennai says that we need the knowledge of his cricket, not the runs from Dhoni’s bat.
Now on the lines of Chennai, the BCCI has also started an initiative, whose long-term goal may be that Dhoni can also be considered as an option in the future as a coach. This mentoring role suits Dhoni as well, because for this he only has to be associated with the team for a few months during important tournaments. That is, a win-win thing for both sides.
Captain Kohli benefits the most from mentor Dhoni
But, it is not that Kohli will not benefit from Dhoni joining the team. The relationship between Dhoni and Kohli is like an elder brother and younger brother and Kohli has always believed that Dhoni will always be the captain for him. In such a situation, if Dhoni comes to the dressing room, then half the headache of strategizing and engaging in Virat’s head will end. He will be able to concentrate fully in his game as a batsman.
Now everyone has come to know that Kohli is currently going through a period of struggle for the first time as a batsman and for almost two years, his bat has not scored a century in international cricket. In such a situation, if Dhoni comes and can give the best advice to Kohli to bat and get out of this mental confusion, then he will be a mentor like Dhoni.
Dhoni’s return to the dressing room is a phenomenal thing
That is, overall, the return of former captain Dhoni to Team India’s dressing room again is not only unprecedented for Indian cricket, but due to this, the future of Indian cricket can be better. Especially in white ball cricket because in Test cricket Kohli and his teammates have taken a different flight. For the same success, leave a better guide than Dhoni in today’s era in India, you will not find anyone in the world too!
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