MS Dhoni’s role is different but very important during the World Cup, says Narendra Singh Dhoni
Narendra has closely followed his brother's journey and understands his game really well.
Updated - May 18, 2019 1:48 pm
Ranchi based businessman and politician, Narendra Singh Dhoni who is also elder brother to Indian legend MS Dhoni thinks the wicketkeeper-batsman has a huge role to play for Team India in the World Cup. Most cricket experts and analysts around the world understand what the 37-year-old brings to the table in this young Indian team and there is the same level of trust and backing for the superstar in the family as well.
In the movie, “MS Dhoni: The Untold Story” that rocked the box office in the year 2016, left some stories untold even though it unveiled most. The film showcased the relationship between MS and his elder sister, Jayanti Gupta, and also with his parents. But they missed out one major character, the eldest brother, and it was later clarified that the movie was on MS and not his family.
However, the eldest of the Dhoni siblings has followed the cricketer’s journey with keen interest and understands his game as well as leadership abilities. Under Mahendra Singh Dhoni, India has won two major ICC titles- World T20 2007 and World Cup 2011. Narendra thus thinks Mahendra has to play a key role for the team in the tournament this time as well. He also admitted that the two brothers have a generation gap and don’t really discuss cricket often.
“For me, Mahi’s contribution in the two finals is the biggest — as a captain, in placing a fielder at short fine-leg to take Pakistan’s last wicket in the final, in 2007 (World T20) and as a batsman, coming up the order in the final, in 2011 (ICC World Cup). This time, his role is different but very important,” Narendra Singh Dhoni, was quoted by Sportstar.
“I am not sure whether anybody has scored 10,000 runs (in ODIs) batting at Nos. 5, 6 and 7, ” he added.
Narendra talks about his own Cricket
Narendra further spoke about their interest in sports during their childhood. Mahi had started off as a footballer, as shown in the movie and literally transformed into a wicketkeeper when he was asked to play cricket.
“Mahi is a footballer-turned-cricketer and I was a cricketer-turned-footballer. Perhaps Mahi, who was very young at that time, does not know about my cricket. Later, I played for the school team as a football goalkeeper in several National-level events but followed international cricket keenly,” Narendra Singh Dhoni said.