MS Dhoni has a very important role to play for India at 2019 World Cup: Rohit Sharma

first_imgIndia opener Rohit Sharma has said MS Dhoni’s role as an individual with “years of experience” is going to play a major role for the senior national team at the 2019 World Cup.Speaking to India Today, Rohit Sharma pointed out that Dhoni’s thought process reflect upon a lot of players in the team. He added Dhoni’s ability to guide youngsters, especially the two wrist-spinners in the team, matters a lot.Dhoni has become an indispensable member of India’s ODI squad, considering the value he adds to the team as a senior member of the side. Concerns were raised about his batting form in 2018 wherein he managed just 275 runs from 20 matches but Dhoni had the backing of captain Virat Kohli and the team management.Dhoni’s inputs to India’s young wrist-spin duo of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav has had a huge impact and the former captain’s ability to help Virat Kohli out from behind the wickets is proving vital to the team.”MS [Dhoni] has years of experience. He has handled the team for so long and brought success to the team. So his role is quite important. Not just a player or batsman but as an individual too. His suggestions and thought process reflect upon a lot of the team players. He tries to help out all the players,” Rohit told India Today.Rohit added: “When he is wicket-keeping too, he keeps telling Kuldeep (Yadav) and Chahal about the pitch and what to bowl. All these things matter a lot.”advertisementDhoni has been in phenomenal form in 2019. The senior wicketkeeper-batsman began the World Cup year with a bang as he hit three successive fifties in India’s historic bilateral ODI series win in Australia. Dhoni 327 runs from 9 matches at an average of close to 90 in the ongoing year.Despite being in the twilight of his cricket career, Dhoni has maintained supreme fitness levels. His astute reading of match situations makes him an integral part of the decision-making group in the team.Meanwhile, shedding light on his role as vice-captain of the team, Rohit Sharma said his job, as an experienced campaigner, is to help out captain Virat Kohli.”When MS was the captain, he had Sehwag, Sachin paaji and other senior players in the team to help him and give advice when needed,” Rohit added.”Now, since we have been in the team for so long now, it is our responsibility to help the captain when needed or during confusions.”Also Read | Hardik Pandya’s confidence level didn’t dip even during rough phase: Rohit SharmaAlso Read | It is my responsibility to help Virat Kohli when he is in doubt: Rohit SharmaAlso See:last_img

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