New Delhi: Former India cricketer Gautam Gambhir shared his thoughts on the appointment of MS Dhoni as the mentor of Team India for the T20 World Cup. Gambhir feels that Dhoni’s presence will be a huge advantage for the young players and his experience will help them in handling pressure situations. The All India Selection Committee on Wednesday named a 15-member squad for the T20 World Cup as BCCI secretary Jay Shah made the announcement of Dhoni’s appointment as India’s mentor for the mega tournament in the UAE.Also Read - IPL 2021, KKR vs RCB: Virat Kohli Plays 200th IPL Match For Royal Challengers Bangalore
Gambhir talked about Dhoni’s role and said he has not been appointed to improve the skills of the player but to guide youngsters on how to handle pressure in crunch situations. Also Read - MS Dhoni Gets Angry, Loses Cool At Dwayne Bravo After Catch Drop | WATCH VIDEO
“A good story to have, but I’m sure his (MS Dhoni) role will be defined, because you’ve got the head coach, the assistant coach and the bowling coach. So, I’m sure there has to be something from Virat Kohli or Ravi Shastri on what they would want apart from what they already have because India has been very successful in T20 Cricket. It’s not like India has struggled in T20 Cricket,” said Gambhir in a special T20 World Cup squad episode on Follow the Blues show on Star Sports on Thursday. Also Read - Gautam Gambhir Questions Timing After Virat Kohli Decides to Step Down as RCB Captain After IPL 2021
“Had India struggled in T20 cricket, they might have had to get someone from outside, but Dhoni’s experience and his mindset of handling pressure in those crunched games could be one reason why they’ve got him as a mentor – not purely from the skill point of view, because these guys have got all the skill, to go out there and deliver,” observed Gambhir.
The 39-year-old felt that the ability to handle pressure from Dhoni is something which will be advantageous for the youngsters in the team to learn. “It’s probably, how to handle pressure during those important games because India had missed out on those important games — especially the Knockout games. So probably MS Dhoni’s experience of captaining this side and handling that pressure in those important games could be a huge advantage for young players. And you have to remember that most of these guys are young, for example, your Rahul Chahar and Varun Chakravarthy or any of these batters play — they’ve not been to any of the world cups.”
Gambhir concluded by saying that Dhoni’s mentorship will be more towards the experience side. “So, I’m sure MS will share his experience. That probably is the only thing I can think of; apart from that, I don’t see that MS Dhoni change anything from a skill point of view. Ravi Shastri’s been there, Vikram Rathour has been there, and the entire support staff is there. So, probably MS can only add his experience to the players while probably going into the crunch games.”
India named a 15-member squad for the men’s T20 World Cup on Wednesday to be led by Virat Kohli. There were surprise inclusions in Ravichandran Ashwin and Axar Patel while Shikhar Dhawan and Yuzvendra Chahal missed out. India begin their journey in the men’s T20 World Cup against Group 2 rivals Pakistan on October 24 in Dubai.