Dhoni an absolute must for India in CWC 2019: Gavaskar
His form might have come under the scanner of late, but MS Dhoni is still indispensable for Team India and will be an absolute must for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, said Indian batting legend Sunil Gavaskar.
While there is a theory that Dhoni was probably dropped out of India’s T20I squad against the Windies because the selectors wanted to give him some rest and take this opportunity to do some experiment with the youngsters, some are also of the opinion that it was rather his off-form that led to the left out.
But according to Dhoni, arguably the best finisher of all-time in limited-over cricket, at the age of 37 has still a lot to offer to his country as a player. At the same time, Gavaskar also has the feeling that Dhoni’s presence is a huge plus for India’s present skipper Virat Kohli.
“Virat needs (Dhoni). 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 also added, “MSD is an absolute must for the 2019 World Cup. But having said that, I believe, the way Rohit Sharma has come to the party as a captain, as a thinker, as a planner. He has been brilliant. With Rohit coming in and also Ajinkya Rahane, Virat has a couple more shoulders to lean on. Therefore, I think this [is a] move to have MS Dhoni take a break from T20I cricket.“