3 Reasons why India need MS Dhoni in T20 World Cup 2020

3 Reasons why India need MS Dhoni in T20 World Cup 2020

There’s no substitute to experience

MS Dhoni
MS Dhoni. (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)

July, 9. 2019. In the midst of a boisterous atmosphere at the famed Old Trafford Cricket Ground when the entire fraternity had its eyes peeled on the ICC World Cup semi-final between India and New Zealand, there was one moment where the jam-packed stadium was stunned to pin-drop silence.

And that was when a gritty, rear-guard yet unpolished 50 off 72 balls from one of the finest, MS Dhoni, came to an imprudent end. Since then, we have not seen the enigma that is Dhoni, on the cricket pitch.

To fuel the frequency of shockwaves following his absence from the scheme of things in the sub-continent, the veteran was not even a part of the central contract list announced by BCCI. There are ups and downs in cricket, but this was perhaps the worst trough sustained by the master after being a retainer of ₹5 Cr in the previous year.

Nevertheless, the gentleman’s game may continue to surprise us just as it has been doing for ages. Dhoni has scripted various fairytales over the last 15 years or so, and a preposterous comeback may be on the cards. Although they have secured series wins against Bangladesh and West Indies recently, Virat Kohli’s exchanges also had their blips against the aforementioned opponents in the shortest version of the game.

On that note, we analyze three reasons why India need their former skipper in the highly anticipated – and most important at present – the T20 World Cup.

3. Dhoni is an expert decision-maker on the pitch

MS Dhoni. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Amid all the talk over his strike rotation and failure to accelerate at will besides his fitness too, there’s no denying that serial winner MS Dhoni is one of the, if not the sharpest mind in the game. Firstly, he is a perfect figure to have in the dressing room as well as behind the stumps. Dhoni’s collectedness, sense of awareness and mindful suggestions have shaped Indian cricket in many ways.

Earlier, a BCCI official even accepted that talismanic skipper Kohli notes many recommendations from the 38-year-old. He conceded:

“The thing is that when you have someone like Dhoni around, you can be yourself. Dhoni helps Kohli make decisions and also guides the bowlers like you would have seen time and again. Youngsters like Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal feel at home when they have Dhoni guiding them from behind the wicket. That is why Dhoni is such an integral member of the Indian ODI set-up.Kohli can also focus on his batting when Dhoni is around.”

The wicketkeeper is a father figure to bowlers, having brought out the best of the likes of Zaheer Khan, Ishant Sharma, Mohit Sharma, Harbhajan Singh and more lately, Kuldeep Yadav and Deepak Chahar.

Another staggeringly impressive and often jaw-dropping aspect in the legend’s armory is the several dimensions he owns. Dhoni’s in-game management is absolutely phenomenal, just as his adaptability and ability to read the game. He just knows when to play the trump cards. Such a brand of unconventional improvisations have not only built unforgettable memories for the world, but also translated into three IPL trophies and a T20 World Cup crown.