KOLKATA: Though MS Dhoni might not get the chance to play the Indian Premier League 2020 (IPL), he should be a part of the Indian squad in T20 World Cup said his childhood coach Keshav Banerjee.
The upcoming season of IPL, which previously was postponed from March 29th to April 15th, might not happen as the country is in 21 days' lockdown starting from Wednesday due to the pandemic COVID-19. However, Dhoni's future in the T20 WC squad would depend on his performance in the IPL said the Indian head coach Ravi Shastri earlier.
Speaking about how experience matters, Banerjee said, "In a World Cup, you need experience. Rishabh Pant is still learning and K.L. Rahul as a keeper for a World Cup, I don't think that's the best idea when Dhoni is available for selection."
Dhoni arrived in Chennai to practice for the event but his trip was cut short because of the virus. Banerjee further said, "We all know what Dhoni brings to the table. The bowlers speak about it all the time. Sure, he was ready for the IPL and he hasn't played since the World Cup but I have spoken to him and I have seen him practice in Chennai, he never looked like he was away for so long."
Referring to Dhoni's mindset before leaving for Chennai, the coach said, "As cool as ever. He doesn't give much away but I did not see him worried or anything. He wore that smile I have always seen on his face, as affectionate as ever."
However, cricket legends Virender Sehwag and Sunil Gavaskar feels that it would be difficult for MS to make a place in the T20 squad.
"This Indian team still needs him in a World Cup. Behind the wicket, he is an asset and in the middle, he still binds the innings together," Banerjee concluded.