Former Indian off-spinner Pragyan Ojha has claimed that BCCI’s decision to rope in MS Dhoni as a mentor for the T20 World Cup was a clever move and believes it will help the current Indian skipper Virat Kohli. India announced its 15-man squad for the T20 World Cup and included the legendary skipper as a mentor.
Although Dhoni retired from international cricket back in August 2020, he continues to play for Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the IPL. He will represent them in the upcoming season of the cash-rich league in the UAE and this gives him an idea of the conditions to expect for the ICC event as well, as per Ojha.
“It’s a very interesting move by the BCCI to get MS Dhoni in the role of a mentor. He’s going to be there in the UAE for 30-35 days, so he will know exactly what the conditions are, what is happening, and what not is happening because first playing himself and then mentoring will be a big cushion.”
“It’s a very clever decision by the BCCI to add him. With the vast knowledge he has as a leader, it will only help Virat Kohli. We have seen the way Virat has been leading this Indian team, the way he has been contributing as a captain, and then two of the greats coming together, sky is the only limit,” Ojha added.
“His contribution is important and precious for the Indian team in T20 World Cup” – Pragyan Ojha
Ojha further stated that he was happy to see the 40-year-old CSK skipper back in the Indian fold albeit in a different role. Known as someone with an astute tactical mind, Dhoni’s prowess could benefit Virat Kohli and co. when they play the T20 World Cup.
“More than surprised, I am really happy as an Indian cricket fan that someone of his stature is going to be closely associated with the team. He has contributed over the years as captain and as a player. His contribution is important and precious for the Indian team when they go to play in the T20 World Cup,” Ojha added.
BCCI’s decision to announce Dhoni as a mentor came as a huge surprise but a welcome one. He has led India to three wins in ICC events and can use his experience in his new role.