India legend Sunil Gavaskar has backed former India skipper MS Dhoni to play the upcoming 2019 ICC World Cup stating that he takes loads off skipper Virat Kohli.

Meanwhile, Dhoni is going through a lean patch with the bat and has severely attracted criticism. He has failed to impress during the tour of England and subsequently in the Asia Cup. Moreover, he also struggled to put runs behind his back in the recently concluded ODI series against Windies.

It was Virat Kohli first who admitted MS Dhoni is an integral part of the side message after the fifth and final ODI against Windies.  And now Sunil Gavaskar too has joined the bandwagon.

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There is no question. Because apart from the fact that he has got the experience, he is so useful to Virat Kohli,” he said.

The selection committee’s decision to leave MS Dhoni out of the T20I squad has stirred debate on Dhoni place in the ODI team. But, Sunil Gavaskar advocates Dhoni’s presence for the counsel he provides to Kohli.

All the little things he does from behind, telling the bowlers where to bowl to which batsmen, making those slight adjustments to the field, that leaves Virat free to think of bowling changes or to think ahead.

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So he takes a big load of Virat and of course, he is always by Virat’s side when he seeks advise. That’s invaluable. No amount of money can give you that experience. Just for that, he should be there for the 2019 World Cup,” Gavaskar argued.

However, Sunil Gavaskar believes it was wise for MS Dhoni to make way for Rishabh Pant considering that he is not likely to be a part of 2020 World Cup.