Former India captain MS Dhoni has been an integral part of Team India for decades. Though he is not in charge of the team, he is still a vital cog in India’s cricket. Dhoni is often seen playing the role of a mentor in the side, with many players approaching him for tips. Many have pointed out that Dhoni’s experience is vital for India as the team heads to the World Cup. At the same time, there are many who believe that Dhoni is past his prime. For them, legendary cricketers Shane Warne and Bishan Singh Bedi have a thing or two to say.
"When things are tough, you need experienced guys in your side like MS Dhoni. For me, MS Dhoni is a great player and a must-have player in your side," Warnie was quoted as saying by ANI. "Anyone criticising MS Dhoni has absolutely no idea what they are talking about," he added, making it clear that the Ranchi-born cricketer’s experience and leadership skills would be useful for India in the upcoming World Cup.
Speaking to PTI Bishan Singh Bedi said that Dhoni’s absence was felt in the fourth match between India and Australia. “He is almost half a captain,” said Bedi, adding that though he is not a ‘spring chicken’, the team needs him. “He has a calming influence on the side. The captain needs him by his side, he is visibly rough without him. It is not a good sign,” said the former bowler.
The World Cup kick starts from May 30 and will take place all the way through July 14 in England. India’s first match will be against South Africa on June 5 at the Hampshire Bowl. With the IPL coming up, there is concern among many that players may injure themselves before the Cup. Hardik Pandya’s injury is a matter of concern for India too. The team is yet to announce their squad for the World Cup.