MS Dhoni, former World Cup captain of India, was named as Team India’s mentor for the upcoming T20 World Cup in UAE and Oman. Cricketing fraternity lauded BCCI’s decision as Dhoni can play a critical role with his mentorship.
Now, BCCI secretary Jay Shah confirmed that Dhoni won’t be charging a single penny for his services as mentor for the Indian team. Speaking to news agency ANI, Shah said the former Wicket-keeper batsman wouldn’t be charging anything for his new role. “MS Dhoni is not charging any honorarium for his services as the mentor of the Indian team for the T20 World Cup,” he said.
Further, BCCI President and former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly also confirmed this development. “Dhoni will not charge anything to mentor the Indian team,” Ganguly said.
MS Dhoni has led the Indian team to every ICC laurel. Under Dhoni, Indian team won the T20 World Cup in 2007, World Cup in 2011 and Champions Trophy in 2013. Indian team also reached the pinnacle in Test cricket and won the Test mace under MS Dhoni.
MS Dhoni’s first assignment for India post retirement
The T20 World cup will be the first instance where Dhoni will be travelling with team India but not as a player. MS announced his retirement from International cricket on August 15 last year. Since then, he has only played in the IPL. He has largely kept a low profile after retirement, focussing on his IPL engagements and organic farming at his home town Ranchi.
It is believed that Dhoni’s role will be guiding youngsters in the team as many of them are playing their first ICC mega event. MS Dhoni, through his cool and calm composure, can help the youngsters gain confidence.
Furthermore, he can help the leadership group and skipper Virat Kohli in tactics as strategies and Dhoni himself is a master strategist. On the other hand, Kohli doesn’t have a great record of winning major trophies as captain.
• Dhoni will not be charging any fees for his services as mentor
• T20 World Cup will be the Dhoni’s first assignment for Team India after retirement