MS Dhoni Should Play The World T20, Says His Childhood Coach
Former India, skipper MS Dhoni, has had a tough going in the recently concluded ICC World Cup 2019. There are speculations going around that he might announce his international retirement, but his childhood coach Keshav Banerjee feels Dhoni should continue playing T20 cricket.
Dhoni can play World T20: Banerjee
MS Dhoni has struggled to get going in the death overs leading to the former cricketers including Sachin Tendulkar question his intent. The former India skipper couldn’t score quick runs in the death overs which cost India the World Cup trophy as they bowed out of the World Cup in the semifinals. Dhoni played at a strike rate of 93.39 in this World Cup but has eaten up a lot of balls which have put the other batsmen under pressure.
Amidst all the retirement speculations, MS Dhoni’s childhood coach Keshav Banerjee feels that his ward should carry on playing the shortest format of the game. He also added that playing ODI format will take a toll on his body with the added pressure, but he is good enough to play the T20s. Keshav also added that Dhoni is good enough to play the T20 World Cup and then take decisions about his retirement.
“I believe Mahi should carry on playing in T20 format. ODIs are quite demanding with 50 overs of wicket-keeping and then batting. That is very tough on the body. Then there is the added pressure of helping out bowlers and fielders, so he is always in the thick of the action. Whereas in T20 it’s shorter and more direct (slam-bang),” Banerjee said while speaking to the indianexpress.com.
“Dhoni’s current fitness levels show that he is good enough to play in the shortest format of the game. I think he can play in the next T20 World Cup and then take a call on his future,” Banerjee concluded.
Recently, MS Dhoni has made himself unavailable for the series against West Indies. Instead, he will spend the next two months with the paramilitary regiment. The veteran cricketer is an Honorary Lieutenant Colonel in the Parachute Regiment of the Territorial Army.