WANT to know why the BCCI hired former India captain MS Dhoni as the mentor of Team India for the World T20? According to BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal, Dhoni is an amazing leader, who has led the Indian side to victories in unexpected situations, and shares a good rapport with the current players. He will add value to the Indian cricket, Dhumal said.
“We all know he has been a great leader. The way he won the World T20 was phenomenal. We were all down and out after losing the 50-over World Cup way back in 2007. Dhoni took a new team and got us the first World T20 title. We also won the 2011 World Cup under his leadership. He has been an amazing leader. It is great we will have him as the mentor of the team,” Dhumal told India Ahead in a Facebook chat on Monday afternoon.
It is indeed a big move, and who knows Captain Kohli may already be benefiting from it. A few nights ago, he had an animated discussion with Dhoni, and in the next match, Kohli was his old self — batting and captaining the side like a champion. He was so powerful that defending champions Mumbai Indians, under Rohit Sharma, looked pale. “Dhoni passed on the baton in the measured way. The transition was so smooth, and that speaks volumes about the man,” Dhumal said.
While heaping more praises on Dhoni, Dhumal said: “He has played a lot of ODI and T20 with these current players. He would have a rapport and add value to the team. The kind of personality he has, he won’t have any problem with anyone and no one would have any problem with him.”
When asked if the BCCI played a role in Kohli relinquishing the T20 captaincy, Dhumal made it clear that the board had nothing to do with the decision. “No need to push anyone. Kohli took his own decision, and the BCCI has nothing to do With it,” Dhumal said.
Similarly, BCCI dismissed all the claims of the Pakistan Cricket Board that the Indian board played a role in canceling the New Zealand tour. Dhumal made it clear that BCCI is “committed to serving all the cricket-playing nations” and it won’t see beyond administering the game.
Concluding the talk, Dhumal also emphasised that IPL 2022 would be played in India.