Mahendra Singh Dhoni made his India debut in 2004 against Bangladesh. Since then he has went on from strength to strength.
Some of the feathers in his career have been becoming the captain of India in 2007, winning the World T20 2007, winning the tri-series in Australia in 2008, becoming Test no.1 in 2010 and winning the ICC World Cup 2011 in India, hitting that six to win the final.
He is now playing as just a team member, giving up captaincy to Virat Kohli in 2016 and has been under the microscope ever since. After being labeled as the best finisher in the world, leaving the likes of Michael Bevan behind; it is clear that his finishing abilities have left him for good.
There are calls for dropping him in favor of younger options such as Rishabh Pant and Sanju Samson. But Dhoni has cleared that he is looking forward to playing the World Cup in 2019 and wants to win the cup for India.
MS Dhoni has the experience to guide a new look and young team as India prepares for the World Cup 2019. Virat Kohli will lead the team in the tournament, but MS Dhoni’s presence is necessary for him to keep the atmosphere calm in the dressing room and in the field.
Dhoni now bats at no.4 and builds the innings, as the responsibility to finish the innings has been passed on to Hardik Pandya and Kedar Jadhav. Dhoni can easily partner with Kohli to build a chase, as they are the best chasers in the world.
The ice-cold head that Dhoni possesses will come in handy in guiding the young minds of Pant and Pandya through a tight chase. Dhoni also aids his captain in setting fields and strategy making to get the best batsmen of the opposition out.
MS Dhoni still has one of the greatest cricketing brains in the game and his assistance in Kohli’s leadership is vital. Kohli goes to Dhoni for suggestions and more often than not, Dhoni’s instincts have helped Kohli get wickets in times of dire needs.
MS Dhoni is still the best wicketkeeper in the world by a long margin. We all have seen the smart stumpings and run outs from him and that’s something which comes in handy in times when a wicket has to be produced out of nowhere. Everyone saw him running out Ross Taylor in the New Zealand ODI series some time back, with a no-look flick onto the stumps. Such wickets help India get crucial wickets in crucial times.
You cannot put a finger on Dhoni for his work behind the stumps. He is as quick as he was 10 years ago behind the stumps and in running between the wickets. The only thing going against him is that his hitting prowess has diminished considerably.
But the final thing to say here is that whether he can finish the game or not, India requires MS Dhoni just because of his immense experience and wicket-keeping skills. He will also leave the Indian team with a ready wicketkeeper, who will learn from MS Dhoni, whether it is Pant or Samson or anyone so that India has a ready product by the time Dhoni hangs up his gloves.