Sourav Ganguly, the chief of BCCI, was overwhelmed when MS Dhoni accepted BCCI’s offer to become the mentor of the Indian team for the upcoming T20 World Cup 2021 in the UAE and Oman. India will start their campaign against Pakistan on October 24 in Dubai.
Ganguly, now, has said that Team India hasn’t won any ICC trophy since 2013 and Dhoni is likely to help India to break the hoodoo. Dhoni has been instrumental in taking his teams to success in T20 cricket. He captains Chennai Super Kings in the IPL and has taken them to the trophy three times.
“It’s just to help the side in the World Cup. He has a good record in the T20 format for India and the Chennai Super Kings. There has been a lot of thought behind it. We discussed a lot and then decided to have him on board. We haven’t won an ICC trophy since 2013,” said Ganguly as quoted by The Telegraph.
Ganguly has mentioned that the presence of Dhoni in the Indian team will be similar to Steve Waugh’s involvement with Australia in the Ashes. He feels the presence of the big names in the team helps a lot in guiding them to new heights.
India won the Champions Trophy in 2013 under MS Dhoni’s captaincy and since then ICC trophies have illuded them. They have come close but were unable to cross the final hurdle. Hence, Dhoni in the Indian dugout can help the team massively.
“Remember Australia had Steve Waugh in a similar role when they drew the Ashes 2-2 in England the last time. The presence of such heavyweights in big-ticket events always helps,” added Ganguly.
Team India is among the favourites to win the T20 World Cup 2021.