Batting legend Gavaskar feels the current Indian team captain will need MS Dhoni in the 2019 World Cup. Sunil Gavaskar also added that Virat Kohli will greatly improve alongside, MS Dhoni in the team for the World Cup. “Virat needs (Dhoni),” Gavaskar said on Star Sports analysis, as quoted by ICC cricket. Sunil Gavaskar said that MS Dhoni’s Experience will come in great support for Virat Kohli in the 50-over format. “There’s no doubt about it. In 50 overs where there is that much more time, that’s when MSD comes into play. You know he makes those small field adjustments, talking to the bowlers in Hindi – telling them where to bowl and what to bowl. It’s a huge plus for Virat”, he said.
As per reports, Dhoni was rested for the upcoming three-match T20I series vs Windies and Australia. Rohit Sharma will be the stand-in captain leading the 16-man India squad for the T20I series against the Windies with Virat Kohli been rested to manage his workload. Dhoni was excluded from both the T20I squads with youngster Rishabh Pant set to don the gloves. Amid the dhoni’s retirement talks Chief selector MSK Prasad assured fans that this was not the end for the former India captain in T20Is.
However, MSK Prasad pointed out that the team is looking for Dhoni’s back up ahead of the world cup.
“Dhoni is not going to play the 6 T20Is because we’re looking at the second keeper slot. It is not the end of Dhoni in T20Is,” said chief selector MSK Prasad.
India’s tally of international T20 is 104 out of which Dhoni played in 93 matches. Dhoni is also the first Indian Captain to led the side to win the T20 world cup win beating rival Pakistan. Dhoni has scored a total of 1,487 T20I runs at an average of 37.17 and a strike-rate of 127.90 till now.