A wave of joy has erupted across the nation as MS Dhoni has made a return. The former Indian cricket team skipper will be the mentor for team India for the upcoming ICC World Cup T20.

On Wednesday, September 8, the BCCI announced the 15-player squad for the upcoming T20 tournament which is scheduled to begin from October 17. India will be playing its first match against Pakistan on October 24.

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Mahendra Singh Dhoni – 3 words, that are enough to evoke the memories of a cool as cucumber Indian cricket team captain.

3 words, enough to evoke memories of an ICC Champions Trophy, an ICC World Cup Trophy, and an ICC T20 World Cup Trophy victory.

3 words, enough to replay memories of an unfortunate runout and a sudden retirement announcement.

The former Indian cricket team skipper inculcated a new culture of being focused and clinical on the field. In pursuit of inculcating the culture, he took his team to the greatest of heights in the past 2 decades.


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The Facts of the Matter

Dhoni, on request by the BCCI, the official cricketing body of India, has accepted to mentor India for the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup. The former wicketkeeper-captain was last associated to team India during his 350th match against New Zealand in 2019.

Although he continued playing for his IPL Franchise Chennai Super Kings, his return to the official Indian cricket team has sent waves of joys across the nation.

How Dhoni’s Selection as Mentor ‘Just Makes Sense’

Dhoni’s reservation by the BCCI as Team India’s mentor is now expected to play a major part in how the team plays in the T20 tournament.

Often lauded as the sharpest and coolest game thinkers, Dhoni has time and time again showed that he was born with instincts required for cricket.

Be it his DRS reviews, his ability to rein 10 vastly different players even when defeat looked inevitable, and turning the game around, Dhoni has done it all.


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How Will a Cool Dhoni Mentor an Aggressive Kohli Led-Squad

MS Dhoni as a mentor is being speculated as a fine decision by cricket pundits and fans across the nation.

However, one should note that Dhoni has not taken stock of a dressing room that’s now been painted in the shades of the current skipper Virat Kohli.

Fans of the game know the stark difference between approaches both the players have had on the field.

While Kohli is aggressive, flamboyant and doesn’t shy away from letting his emotions run amok, Dhoni had always remained centered, focused and channeled all his energy into the game. And it’s a secret to none, that a captain’s attitude rubs off to other players in the dressing room.

It would be interesting to see whether Dhoni’s mentorship guides Kohli and his men to be more balanced on their field, or Virat and co. Fail to adapt to Dhoni’s learnings.

BCCI Also Announces 15-Player T20 Squad for WC

Along with announcing that M.S. Dhoni will be joining the Indian team as the mentor, BCCI also announced the complete 15-person squad for the T20 tournament.

The BCCI has once again clubbed the combination experience and young blood for the squad.

Shikhar Dhawan Out – R. Ashwin In

The squad will miss former T20 captain Shikhar Dhawan, but will be guided by the equally wise and experienced Virat Kohli.

Further the team is featuring a roster of pacers and spinners alike. Trio of reliable wicket takers in Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohd Shami will be starring in the pace attack.

Even though he hasn’t been given the chance to play in the ongoing Test series against England, the BCCI has taken the leap of faith on Ravichandran Ashwin as well.


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India’s Final Squad for T20 World Cup 2021

Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul, Ravichandran Ashwin, Rishabh Pant, Axar Patel, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Rahul Chahar, Varun Chakravarthy

Standby: Shreyas Iyer, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur