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ICC World Cup 2019: MS Dhoni is an inevitable part of the Indian squad, says Shane Warne

He is a class act and Virat Kohli needs his leadership experience as well.

Shane Warne
Shane Warne. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

The former Australian cricketer Shane Warne has always been outspoken regarding his view of players and related matters. Recently he spoke about the importance of wrist spinners in white-ball cricket. He also opined that defensive bowling in limited overs is something he does not approve of. Besides, he also voiced his opinion about MS Dhoni’s spot in India’s World Cup mix.

India walked into the 4th ODI at Mohali with a 2-1 lead over Australia but the visitors turned the tables around as they emerged victorious over the hosts by a 3-2 win margin. MS Dhoni played the first three ODI games, the last of which was held in Ranchi. Dhoni, the local hero, was honoured by the JSCA by a stand named after the former World Cup winning Indian captain. He was, however, rested for the final two ODIs as youngster Rishabh Pant was incorporated into the squad.

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It was a chance for Pant to prove his calibre ahead of the World Cup that starts on May 30. However, the young wicketkeeper faced a lot of criticism as he could only manage to score 36 and 16 respectively in the 4th and 5th ODIs. He also received slack from fans after he missed multiple chances of dismissals behind the stumps as opposed to the veteran keeper Dhoni who is known for his unparalleled antics of keeping wickets.

When asked about Pant’s chances in India’s World Cup squad, Warne said that he would love to see the youngster flying to England for the big tournament as a specialist batsman despite a succession of low scores. “I believe that Rishabh can play in the World Cup. They can both [Dhoni and Pant] play together in the XI. Dhoni is the keeper and Rishabh bats. I don’t think you have to say its Rishabh or Dhoni,” Warne was quoted as saying in Scroll.

Virat Kohli needs his leadership experience, says Warne

As we all know, the World Cup might be the last time we see Dhoni in the Indian jersey but he still has a leadership role to play in the big event. “MS Dhoni has to play in the World Cup. MS Dhoni is a class act and Virat Kohli needs his leadership experience as well to help him when the times are tough. You have a successor and the name is Rishabh Pant. He takes over when Dhoni decides to retire,” opines Warne. 

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