While MS Dhoni’s return to the Indian cricket team’s setup as a mentor has got the entire nation and the set of cricket lovers excited, former India cricketer Ajay Jadeja has questioned BCCI’s move to appoint a new mentor for the national side for the upcoming T20 World Cup.
Notably, the BCCI announced a 15-member squad for the ICC event set to be played in UAE and Oman. The tournament is slated to begin on October 17. While announcing the team, BCCI secretary Jay Shah also revealed that Dhoni will be the mentor of the team for this showpiece event.
Reacting to the turn of events, Ajay said that India were already doing well under captain Virat Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri and perhaps there was no need of a mentor for the forthcoming T20 World Cup.
There is no fan bigger than me of MS Dhoni: Ajay Jadeja
“There is a coach who has taken the team to world No.1, what happened overnight that a mentor was required? That thinking is surprising me a little,” Jadeja said as per an IANS report.
“It is impossible for me to understand. I am thinking for two days about what could be the thinking. I am not talking of MS Dhoni, the understanding he has or how useful he can be, I am not going towards that. It was like you sent Ravindra ahead of Ajinkya, the person thinks why it has been done,” he added.
“I am surprised. There is no fan bigger than me of MS Dhoni. I believe MS Dhoni was the first captain who made the next captain before leaving or they used to always keep changing whenever they wanted,” he further said.
Prior to the T20 World Cup though, Dhoni will be seen in cricketing action as he will lead the Chennai Super Kings with the 2021 season of IPL resuming from September 19. While Chennai did not have a great run last year and were the first team to get knocked out of the playoff race, they were looking in great touch in the first this year. The are taking on Mumbai Indians in the curtain raiser to the second half of the tournament.