Former Indian cricketer Farokh Engineer commended BCCI’s decision to bring in MS Dhoni as a mentor to the Indian side for the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup 2021. He feels the presence of a World Cup-winning captain can be influential in many ways.
The BCCI announced a 15-member squad for the ICC event which included the former skipper Dhoni as a mentor. It came as a surprise but ended up as a welcome move nevertheless. It’s the first time that the 40-year-old joins the team in a coaching capacity. Speaking of the same, Engineer claimed Dhoni still has the Midas touch.
“I was a bit surprised to see MS Dhoni in this role, but why not? IPL has mentors. Dhoni has always and still has got the Midas touch and whatever he has touched has turned into gold. I would hope that Dhoni brings us extra luck and I’m sure his knowledge would be extremely useful. He is a World Cup-winning captain after all.“
“So, his very presence in the dressing room will have a great effect on the team. What does a mentor do? It’s an honorary thing. Sachin Tendulkar is the mentor of Mumbai Indians. And it’s lovely to have guys like him and Sachin around. In our time, once you give up the game, people forgot us. But today, fans do not forget. If you’re a good and attractive cricketer, fans will always remember you,” Engineer mentioned.
“If he sees something could be done better, he would suggest it” – Farokh Engineer on MS Dhoni
During his captaincy days, MS Dhoni was known for his tactical prowess. He had a sharp mind and is known to bring innovative solutions when things aren’t going the team’s way. In a high-pressure situation like the World cup, if things need to be changed, Dhoni will have a solution.
“At this level, players are not coached. A coach can help you and guide you just a little bit – some things here and there or on some technical aspects. Dhoni is not the type to interfere with something or somebody. If he sees that something could be done better, I’m sure he would suggest it in a very clever way to Ravi and Virat,” Farokh Engineer concluded.
Virat Kohli-led India will face off against arch-rivals Pakistan in their first game of the Super-12 stage on October 24.