T20 World Cup: Having MS Dhoni back in dressing room amazing, he brings sense of calmness – KL Rahul

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T20 World Cup 2021: Star opener KL Rahul said he is looking forward to picking MS Dhoni’s brains on captaincy and batting as the former captain spends time with the team as its mentor at the showpiece event in the UAE.

MS Dhoni was seen interacting with Chris Gayle ahead of India’s warm-up match against England in Dubai (Courtesy of BCCI)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • MS Dhoni has joined Team India as its mentor for T20 World Cup
  • KL Rahul hit a match-winning fifty in India’s warm-up match vs England
  • He looks the fittest, it is good fun to have him: Rahul on Dhoni
India opener KL Rahul said the team is delighted to have MS Dhoni as their mentor at the T20 World Cup, adding he has had a lot of fun spending time with the former captain over the last 3-4 days in the Indian dressing room.

KL Rahul said he saw MS Dhoni as a mentor figure even when the legendary wicketkeeper was leading the team in international cricket. The in-form opener added that having Dhoni in the dressing room brings a sense of calmness to proceedings.

After leading Chennai Super Kings to their 4th Indian Premier League title in Dubai last week, Dhoni joined the Team India bio-bubble as their mentor. Dhoni was spotted having conversations with the players and the support staff during their first training session in Dubai.

Dhoni was with the players and the support in the dressing room when India hammered England by 7 wickets in their first warm-up match on Monday in Dubai.

“Obviously, MS Dhoni back with the team feels amazing because we have played under him and we have looked towards him as a mentor even when he was our captain,” Rahul said in a clubhouse session for Red Bull.

“We loved having him in the dressing room when he was the captain, we loved the calmness. We have all looked up to him to help us out, to have him here is amazing. This gives us a sense of calmness, I have enjoyed spending time with him in the first two to three days and it has been a lot of fun. Looking forward to chewing his brain about cricket, captaincy and all things cricket,” he added.

Would love to see MS Dhoni play for a few more years: Rahul

KL Rahul heaped praise on MS Dhoni’s fitness, saying he can give a tough run to any of the India players in the team while stressing that he would love to see the former captain continue to lead Chennai Super Kings in the IPL for a few more years.

“None of us are sure that IPL 2021 final was his last game. I do not think, I would love to see MS Dhoni play for a lot more years if he could.

“I think Dhoni can give any of us stiff competition, he definitely is a guy who can hit the ball furthest, he is very strong and he is good between the wickets. He looks the fittest, it is good fun to have him,” Rahul added.

Dhoni was appointed as India’s mentor for the T20 World Cup and the former captain is not getting any monetary benefit for the honorary role. BCCI secretary Jay Shah had thanked Dhoni for the gesture as India look to end their 8-year drought for an ICC trophy.

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