MSK Prasad, the former chief selector of the Indian cricket team, believes that adding (Dhoni) as a mentor for the T20 World Cup will be very beneficial for the team. He said that this will strengthen the team and will also give a lot of enthusiasm to Virat Kohli. Virat Kohli, who has announced to step down from the captaincy of this format after this T20 World Cup, has not won any ICC trophy so far. In a conversation with our colleague Times of India.com, he said, ‘BCCI has done a good job. I respect this decision of the selectors, BCCI management and the Indian team. Making Dhoni a mentor in the Indian team is a very big and wonderful step. Everyone took the decision to make Mahendra Singh Dhoni (MS Dhoni) a mentor. A person who has played more than 200 IPL matches, a person who has led India to the 2007 T20 World Cup win, a person under whose captaincy India won the 2011 World Cup, making him a mentor this time is a very good decision. I respect this decision and am very happy about it. You couldn’t have picked a better player than Dhoni to mentor. Prasad said, ‘BCCI has taken this very good decision. Virat has always had a very good relationship with Dhoni and Ravi Shastri. It could be a great tournament for Virat, Dhoni and Shastri. Virat has played a lot of cricket under Dhoni’s captaincy. He is doing a great job with coach Shastri. Prasad said, “Reaching the finals of the World Test Championship and defeating Australia and Australia twice, the Indian team has achieved a lot under the coaching of Ravi Shastri and the captaincy of Virat. This Indian team has dominated the cricket of the world. Dhoni is a mastermind and he will strengthen Team India. Prasad also said that Dhoni’s support will help Virat Kohli win the ICC trophy for the first time. Prasad said that what happens behind the door is very important. Strategy, homework, discussion and planning will all be done just like classwork is done. So having someone like Mahendra Singh Dhoni part of the homework and strategy will obviously benefit the team a lot. As I said he is the mastermind. He and Virat will do wonders for India in the T20 World Cup. Prasad, who played 6 Test matches and 17 ODIs for India, said that he has faced many such situations. Not only for the country but also for Chennai Super Kings. Most importantly, Virat has great respect for Mahendra Singh Dhoni. So, all things are looking great. Ravi, Virat and I are a great combination for India.
[Attribution to NBT]