Former India wicket-keeper said that he was delighted on former Indian skipper MS Dhoni‘s appointment as the mentor of India’s T20 World Cup squad.
On September 8, BCCI made a special announcement of including Dhoni as the mentor of the team for the showpiece event. The news was welcomed by the millions of fans and lovers of the legendary cricketer.
Bit nice to have MS Dhoni alongside the team because of his experience and coolness: Farokh Engineer
BCCI secretary Jay Shah had said that he had talked to the former Indian skipper, who agreed to take the role for India in the important tournament.
Engineer said it is nice to have Dhoni reunite with the team and that would boost the team’s morale and appreciated the Indian board for their pondering decision. The former Indian cricketer also said that during his time spectators used to forget the players and it was very important to recognise prominent players by giving them superior positions in the Indian team.
“I am delighted MS Dhoni has been appointed as a mentor. Now, what does that mean, mentor, like a coach? Ravi Shastri is the coach and Dhoni is the mentor. Bit nice to have Dhoni alongside the team because of his experience and coolness and all that will certainly be a great inspiration for the team. I am delighted BCCI have taken that decision,” Engineer told Sports Tak.
“In our time, once you give up the game, people used to forget us. But if you played the game well or were an attractive cricketer, fans will always remember and talk of you. But the officials will easily forget you. I am glad that the present officials have rectified that. Sourav Ganguly, Jay Shah, and others have done a fantastic thing by bringing in ex-players like Dhoni. I am very, very happy with that. I hope it continues. Who knows, I will be a mentor one day if I am still alive long enough,” he added.
MS Dhoni has always had the Midas touch: Farokh Engineer
Dhoni is the only captain in the history of the game to have won all the ICC trophies (T20 World Cup (2007), 50-over World Cup (2011) and Champions Trophy (2013)) and Engineer hopes that the CSK skipper brings some good luck to the team, which haven’t won any ICC trophy since 2013.
“Dhoni has always had the Midas touch. Whatever he has touched has become gold. I would hope Dhoni brings that extra luck to us as well. Certainly, his knowledge will be immensely useful. He’s a T20 World Cup-winning captain, after all. His very presence in the dressing room will have a great effect on the team,” Engineer said.
BCCI also announced a 15-member squad with the addition of three reserved players for India to participate in the ICC T20 World Cup 2021.