The return of Ravichandran Ashwin and the absence of Shikhar Dhawan in the Indian team for T20 World Cup 2021 has attracted the huge attention of fans all over the world. The biggest point of contention, however, came after the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced the inclusion of the former skipper of India MS Dhoni as a mentor to Team India for the worldwide show event.
This will be Dhoni’s first involvement in any way with the national team since his retirement from international cricket last August when he played India against New Zealand in the semifinals of the 2019 World Cup.
Since the announcement of Dhoni’s role as mentor of the Indian team for the girls team tournament, fans as well as the experts of the game have been wondering about the reason behind the move, which no one expected.
Amid all the calculations, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly revealed the exact reason why the Indian council at the highest point decided to make Dhoni the mentor of the Indian side Virat Kohli. Ganguly said MSD has tons of experience, which could help the team as India have not won an ICC trophy since 2013.
“It’s just to help the team in the World Cup. He has a good record in the T20 format for India and the Chennai Super Kings. There are many thoughts behind it. We discussed a lot and then decided to have him on board. We have not won an ICC trophy since 2013, ”he said. Ganguly tells The Telegraph.
India last won an ICC trophy, especially in 2013, when they defeated England in the Champions Trophy final, led by Dhoni. Interestingly, MSD is still the only captain to have won all three major ICC tournaments – the Champions Trophy, the T20 World Cup in 2007 and the World Cup of 50 in 2011.
Ganguly equated Dhoni’s appointment with Steve Waugh‘s role with the Australian team during the 2019 World Cup, and said that such cricket heads in the group of boys help to do wonders.
‘Remember Australia’s Steve Waugh played a similar role when they last drew the Ashes 2 times in England. The presence of such heavyweights in big ticket events always helps, ” added Ganguly.