T20 World Cup 2021: “Looking forward to chewing his brain about cricket”, says KL Rahul on the presence of MS Dhoni with team India

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The dynamic opener KL Rahul is extremely pleased with the presence of Captain MS Dhoni with the Indian team as a Mentor for the ongoing T20 World Cup 2021. He feels that MS Dhoni brings a sense of calmness in the dressing room & he is looking forward to grabbing some useful insights & knowledge on cricket from the legendary cricketer.

The BCCI took a revolutionary decision while announcing India’s T20 World Cup 2021 Squad by naming MS Dhoni as a mentor for the Indian team for the marquee event. Speaking at a Clubhouse session conducted by Red Bull, Rahul said: “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.”

Just a day after leading CSK to their fourth title win MS Dhoni returned to India’s dressing room for the first time since the 2019 World Cup semi-final. MS Dhoni completely immersed himself in the role of Mentor & was seen giving useful cricketing tips to youngsters. Dhoni was seen having conversations with Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, and other cricketers during India’s first warm-up game against England on Monday.

MS Dhoni can give us stiff competition feels KL Rahul

There were a lot of speculations before the finals of the IPL 2021 that whether this would be Dhoni’s last match as a captain in the CSK squad. When Harsha Bhogle told Dhoni in the post-IPL final presentation that he should be proud of the legacy he’s left behind at CSK, the 40-year-old indicated that he would return as a player next season.

KL Rahul applauded MS Dhoni for the way he had led CSK for years & helped the side to achieve laurels of success. KL also added that Dhoni is fit & he would love to see him playing for 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. Yeah, it was great to see how CSK played in the tournament and they were the most deserving to win it.

“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.”

“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 at the hitters. It is good fun to have him,” said Rahul.

KL Rahul displayed excellent performance in team’s first warm-up match by smashing unstoppable 51 runs off just 24 balls in an innings comprising six fours & three sixes.  India will take on Australia in their second warm-up fixture on Wednesday.

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