Former captain MS Dhoni will join Team India as a mentor for the upcoming T20 World Cup. The current India head coach Ravi Shastri feels Dhoni will be a great addition to the T20 World Cup camp next month in UAE.
Shastri called it a 'great' move and said having Dhoni in the dressing-room could be a huge boost for the team. “The team couldn’t have asked for anything better. The BCCI has thought this out extremely well and put the plans in place.
"Having MS Dhoni in the dressing-room and the dugout will be a huge shot in the arm for the boys. It’s a great move,” Shastri told Times of India.
Shastri is aware of Dhoni's experience of playing in tough situations and handle pressure with ease. He further said, “We all know what experience he brings to the table. What more can the team ask for? When I first heard from the secretary, I was absolutely thrilled at the idea. In the end, it’s about India’s aspirations, not individuals. In that, we should look to put our best foot forward."
Dhoni will be leading Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 in UAE before joining the Team India camp.
“It’ll be a combination of fire and ice on the field, and off it. You have a coach in Ravi Shastri who doesn’t give an inch. Now you’ll have a mentor who’s a stark opposite and is known to be extremely calm. On the field, you have a captain who loves to be aggressive in his approach, and then you have a vice-captain who tends to be more introspective. These combinations will be great,” TOI sources said.