As India gear up for the all-important World Cup, former New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum has said MS Dhoni is invaluable to the Indian team. The twelfth edition of the World Cup will start on May 30 with hosts England taking on South Africa in the tournament-opener. India, on the other hand, will open their campaign against South Africa on June 5.

Dhoni is being widely tipped as a crucial weapon for the Men in Blue in the World Cup. After a forgettable 2018 where he had fared poorly with the bat and had faced criticism from all around, Dhoni is finally looking in his elements. Dhoni has started 2019 on a stunning note.

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MS Dhoni, Brendon McCullum, Kevin Pietersen
MS Dhoni. Credits: AFP

In Australia, he scored three back-to-back fifties to lead India to their first-ever bilateral series win Down Under. He also impressed on the tour of New Zealand before finishing this year’s IPL as Chennai Super Kings highest run-scorer. Dhoni will be looking to make the most of his current form in the upcoming World Cup.

“He is invaluable to the Indian team, he has a blueprint in his mind along with an approach to the game. He always puts the opposition under pressure when he arrives at the crease and reads the game perfectly. His fitness has been great, and he has been striking the ball beautifully in the recent past,” McCullum, who played with Dhoni in IPL, told Star Sports.

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Former England captain Kevin Pietersen also echoed McCullum’s sentiments, saying:

“His calmness gives him the ability to judge what’s in front of him, it doesn’t matter what situation it is, he is just one of those guys who you know would hold onto the ball when thrown at him.”

“The best thing about IPL this year was the rebirth of MSD’s batting, he took out all the bowling attacks in front of him,” he added.