The legendary World Cup-winning skipper Kapil Dev has welcomed the addition of Former Indian captain MS Dhoni who also won the World Cup, to the Indian team as a mentor for the upcoming T20 World Cup 2021 event.
Kapil Dev opined that although Dhoni’s addition to the squad is a good decision yet a cricketer after retirement should only make a comeback in national setup after 3-4 years. However, Kapil dev feels that Dhoni returning to the national setup just one year after retirement is a special case.
“It is a good decision. I have always been of the opinion that once a cricketer retires he should come back to the set up only after three four years but this seems like a special case with the World Cup around the corner. Ravi (Shastri) is also down with COVID so it looks a special case,” Kapil said.
“MS Dhoni was okay with the decision, and he agreed to be a mentor”: BCCI secretary Jay Shah
Meanwhile, The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) while revealing the Indian squad for the upcoming T20 World Cup 2021 made a surprise announcement regarding MS Dhoni’s involvement in the World Cup.
“As far as Dhoni is concerned, I spoke to him when I was in Dubai,” said Shah. “He was okay with the decision, and he agreed to be a mentor for team India, for the T20 World Cup only.
“I spoke to the captain (Virat Kohli) and vice-captain (Rohit Sharma) as well as Ravi Shastri (the head coach), and that’s why we reached the conclusion.”
India Squad for T20 World Cup 2021: Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ishan Kishan (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Rahul Chahar, Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel, Varun Chakravarthy, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammad Shami; Stand-by: Shreyas Iyer, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur