Former captain MS Dhoni has been appointed as the team’s mentor for the T20 World Cup by the BCCI. Dhoni was appointed to “give support and direction” to the Indian team administration, led by head coach Ravi Shastri, after retiring from international cricket last August.
“So, in terms of MS Dhoni, I spoke with him in Dubai and he said he was fine with the choice, and he accepted to be the team mentor for the T20 World Cup only.” During a virtual press conference, Jay Shah added, “I discussed this prospect with my colleagues as well, and we’re all on the same page.”
The most important factor to remember is that Dhoni’s addition to the support crew is a one-time thing. According to well-informed BCCI insiders, there are no immediate long-term plans to keep Dhoni. The 40-year-old isn’t done with the IPL yet, and if Chennai Super Kings are to be believed, he’ll be back next year.
Dhoni is no stranger to the position of mentor. He has been a guiding figure for his team members as a senior player with Team India and now with Chennai Super Kings (CSK). During his long tenure as captain of the national team, his leadership qualities and tactical acumen were on display.
The mentor system is more common in franchise cricket than in international cricket, but in most mentor-head coach situations in the IPL, the latter still has the upper hand. It will be intriguing to witness how Dhoni’s presence changes the dynamics of the Indian team’s functioning. Cricket is a captain’s game, therefore there’s no room for misunderstanding there.