Former India opener Virender Sehwag reckons the appointment of MS Dhoni as the mentor of the team is the “best thing that could have happened” to Virat Kohli‘s side going into the T20 World Cup, scheduled for October-November in the UAE.
The 3-time ICC trophy-winning skipper returns to the national fold, in the role of a mentor to guide the players and help the coaching staff chalk out plans for the marquee event as Kohli himself hunts his first ICC title as a captain; Kohli will also be stepping down from the T20I captaincy position after the World Cup, irrespective of its outcome, to manage his workload.
Virender Sehwag said he is “very happy” that the board roped in Dhoni to shoulder the responsibility of the coaching staff.
“I am very happy that MS accepted the offer to be the Team Mentor for the T20 World Cup. I know many people want that MS should again comeback into the mainstream of Indian cricket and being roped in as the mentor is the best thing that could have happened,” Virender Sehwag told PTI.
The bowlers can pick his brains and get useful tips: Virender Sehwag
Virender Sehwag, who had spend several years with Dhoni at the national team and was part of two World Cup wins, highlighted that the CSK skipper understands the game much better than most. This, he added, will help the bowlers to chalk out effective strategies against opposition batters.
“As a keeper, MS was exceptional with his understanding of field placements and this is something that will help the bowling unit in this World Cup. The bowlers can pick his brains and get useful tips on planning against a batsman,” the 42-year-old commentator added.
India take on Pakistan in their opening encounter on October 24 in Dubai. They will then meet New Zealand, Afghanistan, and two other teams who will qualify from Round 1 in the Super 12 stage. Before that, Dhoni will next be seen in action on September 19 against the Mumbai Indians.