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World Cup 2019: Salman Khan calls MS Dhoni the X-Factor for Team India

Even Salman Khan’s father Salim mentioned that the senior India cricketer's wicket-keeping role helps him to take a close look at the game.

MS Dhoni
MS Dhoni. (Photo by Stu Forster-IDI/IDI via Getty Images)

MS Dhoni has been a big part of Indian cricket team’s glorious history in the World Cup tournaments as he led them to the title in 2011 at home and then to the semi-finals when the event was held in Australia and New Zealand in 2015. His achievements till 2011 win were chronicled in Bollywood as well in his biopic MS Dhoni – The Untold Story.

Talking of Bollywood and cricket, Indian superstar Salman Khan is an avid fan and admirer of the former India captain and has been seen talking only good about the only captain to win all the three ICC trophies. Salman and his father, writer Salim Khan have always supported the Indian team and especially MS Dhoni and they have done the same as India prepares to play their first game in 2019 World Cup against South Africa on June 5.

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Salman Khan, in an interview, mentioned that Dhoni is the X-Factor for the Men in Blue and was quoted as saying, “I think so (Dhoni is the x-factor for India in this World Cup). Coolness can be misinterpreted sometimes as it doesn’t matter”. But with him, it’s not like that at all. He is very focused. He is very aware of the situation.”

At 37 years-old, MS Dhoni is probably playing his final 50-over ICC mega event and he might want to go out on a high with another trophy in his kitty. Current skipper of the team Virat Kohli and spin twins Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal have already stressed the importance of Dhoni’s experience which helps them on the field and the wicketkeeper-batsman has found his second coming as a batsman too, given his belligerent century against Bangladesh in the warm-up match and his overall form this year, including IPL 2019.

Even Salman Khan’s father Salim mentioned that the senior India cricketer’s wicket-keeping role helps him to take a close look at the game. He was amazed at how well the keeper reads the game well, which in turn helps out his teammates with a tip here and a piece of advice there.

Here is the video of Salman Khan talking why Dhoni is important for Team India

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