Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s cricketing career has been an inspiration to many. Not only do people vouch for the cricketer that he has been over the years, but it is also his life off the field and the way he carries himself which never fails to amaze people and the crowd. While he has announced his retirement from international cricket, there is still a lot many ways he can continue to contribute to world cricket.
Perhaps a glimpse of that beginning could be seen during his role as Team India’s mentor for the T20 World Cup. There was a pleasant surprise in store for the Indian fans when India’s squad for the ICC event was announced last month. The BCCI Secretary Jay Shah conveyed that former India World Cup-winning skipper MS Dhoni would be with the team as Mentor for the world event played across Oman and UAE.
While later he clarified that Dhoni would be with the team just for that World Cup, a tweet by senior journalist Vikrant Gupta confirms that Dhoni will not be charging anything as fees for his services during the World Cup. The tweet further states that Shah has in fact thanked Dhoni, the last captain to have brought ICC glory for India, for his services and remarkable gesture.
Dhoni’s CSK on verge of fourth IPL title
For now, the 40-year-old wicketkeeper batter has his firm focus set on the Indian Premier League where he has managed to lead Chennai Super Kings to what would be their ninth appearance in the finals. Having already led CSK to three titles in the past, this could be a great opportunity for Dhoni to make it a record fourth against the winner of the match between Delhi Capitals and Kolkata Knight Riders.
Dhoni has already hinted that with the mega auction ahead of next season, this could be his last season as a player with Chennai Super Kings but he would be around in some capacity for sure. If that is indeed the case, then this could be yet another opportunity for MSD to “finish off in style”- something he is a master at.