Since the appointment of MS Dhoni as Team India's mentor for the T20 World Cup, there has been a consistent buzz regarding how the former India captain could help the national team with his world-famous strategies that helped him become the only captain to win all the three major ICC trophies- T20 World Cup (2007), ODI World Cup (2011) and Champions Trophy (2013).
While a lot of cricket experts are happy on the decision of the board of assigning Dhoni the new role, the young players of the team are equally excited to get an opportunity to learn from the legendary captain. Opening up on the same, Team India all-rounder Shardul Thakur- who has find a spot in the list of standby players for the T20 World Cup- said that Dhoni as mentor would bring new ideas to the team. He added that the inclusion of the World Cup-winning captain would also help current skipper Virat Kohli and head coach Ravi Shastri.
I’m very happy with the decision: Shardul Thakur
Expressing his happiness on the appointment of MS Dhoni to the new role, Shardul acknowledged the experience of the former India captain. "I’ve played along with him for three years now, and I know that his experience comes in handy. He will bring more ideas to the team. I think Virat and Ravi bhai will also get some help from him. Mahi bhai will bring one more angle, especially when we’re in tricky situations," he said during an interview with The Indian Express.
Shardul contributed beautifully with the bat at the Gabba early this year and surprised many by his talent as the right-handed batsman scored 67 runs in the first innings to help India's cause. He later outshone that with two fifties (57 and 60) in the recently-concluded Oval Test against England. Shardul, in the same interview, revealed how MS Dhoni helped him in his batting.
"Once I was in Mahi bhai’s (Mahendra Singh Dhoni) room and holding his bat. He told me that my batting grip is too high and I need to hold it lower to get better control over the shot. Now I hold my bat there and it helps," Shardul said.