India captain Virat Kohli discusses MS Dhoni role at T20 Cricket World Cup


MS Dhoni will mentor India and Virat Kohli at the T20 World Cup (Pictures: Getty)

India captain Virat Kohli insists he is ‘absolutely delighted’ to have MS Dhoni as a team mentor at the T20 World Cup.

Dhoni has captained India in every T20 World Cup to date, leading them to victory in the inaugural tournament in 2007 and taking the team to the final in 2014.

The 40-year-old – who also won the 50-over World Cup while in charge of India, and recently guided Chennai Super Kings to their fourth Indian Premier League title – will now join the squad in a mentoring role.

India face England and Australia in warm-up games this week ahead of their opening match against rivals Pakistan next Sunday as Kohli looks to lead the team to a second T20 World Cup triumph.

‘MS is excited to be back, although he’s always been a mentor for all of us,’ Kohli said.

‘He has an opportunity to do it again and work with the younger guys who are playing in a major tournament in the early stages of their careers.

‘We want to use the experience he’s gained over the years and have conversations with him around the game. Tactical inputs, intricate details of where the game is going and how we can improve by small margins.

Dhoni recently led Chennai Super Kings to Indian Premier League glory (Picture: IPL)

‘We’re absolutely delighted to have him back and his presence will certainly boost the morale of the team even further and give us even more confidence than we have as a team.’

Kohli also refused to be drawn on speculation that former India batter Rahul Dravid will replace outgoing head coach Ravi Shastri following the T20 World Cup in Oman and the United Arab Emirates.

The 32-year-old added: ‘I honestly have no idea about what’s exactly happening on that front yet.

‘Winning the World Cup is definitely our goal like any other team. But I think what we’ve been able to create in the last five, six years is beyond titles and tournaments, to be honest.

‘We’ve been able to create a culture which I think is going to be lasting a long time, where people want to be the best they can be, the fittest they can be.

‘But winning an ICC tournament will definitely be a wonderful moment for all of us, something that we’re absolutely motivated to do and we’ll give everything we have.’

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