Without a doubt, former Indian captain MS Dhoni has one of the finest and tactical brains in the modern day cricket. Under his leadership, India has successfully grabbed the 2007 World T20, 2011 World Cup and the 2013 Champions Trophy titles and is also the only skipper in the history of the game to win these three major ICC trophies. After retiring from Test cricket and stepping down as the limited-overs skipper, the veteran wicket-keeper batsman has been a great support to current captain Virat Kohli as well as for the rest of the players in the dressing room.
He is also reckoned to play a key role in India’s 2019 World Cup campaign both as a batsman and behind the wickets. Former Pakistan captain Zaheer Abbas reckons that senior wicket-keeper batsman will be India’s trump card in the upcoming showpiece event.
He is the brain of cricket in the team
During a recent interview, Zaheer Abbas mentioned that India is very much fortunate to have a genius called MS Dhoni in the side. Abbas revealed that the former Indian skipper understands the game very well as he has the experience of the captaining the team in two World Cup tournament triumphs. He also noted that Dhoni’s experience would be gold for Indian captain Virat Kohli and head coach Ravi Shastri.
“India has a genius called Mahendra Singh Dhoni in the team. He is the brain of cricket in the team. He understands the game so well and has experience of leading India in two WC wins. His experience will be vital for captain and coach and he can be their trump card,” quoted Zaheer Abbas.
He further mentioned that since Virat Kohli will be leading India in a World Cup tournament for the first time, thus, he would be eager to prove his mettle as a skipper. Abbas stated that the pitches during the 50-overs competition will probably be batting friendly and this will help India as they have a strong line-up.
“We have seen that in the recently-concluded Pakistan-England series, that over 300 runs were scored and chased. Now in World Cup, 450 runs could be a possibility as there is no grass on the wickets and bowlers will get little help from the conditions,” Abbas added.
“In such scenario, India will benefit as they have one of the strongest batting line ups. English wickets are now batsmen’s paradise,” he inferred.
While speaking on India’s No.4 conundrum, Zaheer Abbas mentioned, “It is purely captain’s decision but my view is that top four batting order shouldn’t be changed frequently. You can make changes in the lower middle order but not at the top.”