Former India opener Virender Sehwag spoke about the importance of MS Dhoni for Virat Kohli-led Team India in the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup in 2019.
He feels the guidance of Dhoni to the youngsters is key in the upcoming major ICC event. “As a youngster, I played my first World Cup 2003 with Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and Anil Kumble and they were helping me out,” Sehwag said during a panel discussion at the Global Indian International School (GIIS) here on Sunday.
“These youngsters have a very good senior player like Dhoni who can teach and guide them on how to prepare themselves for the 2019 World Cup,” the flamboyant opener added.
Sehwag was part of India's 2011 World Cup triumph. He shared his experience from India's World Cup win after 28 years. “Two years before the event, we had a team meeting where we decided that we will treat every game at the 2011 World Cup as a knock out game. If we lose, we are out of the World Cup. That’s how we prepared ourselves.”
The 39-year-old had played overall 22 World Cup matches for India. He scored 843 runs with a strike rate of 106.17. He has two hundreds, including the best of 175 against Bangladesh in 2011 edition.
One of the most explosive batsmen of his time, Sehwag is the mentor of Kings XI Punjab. He had also played for the franchise in 2014 and 2015.
KXIP have appointed R Ashwin to lead their side this year. Punjab have never lifted the cup and will be hoping for a change in fate this year.