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KL Rahul Explains The Biggest Advantage That ‘Mentor’ Dhoni Brings To Team India In T20 WC

KL Rahul Explains The Biggest Advantage That ‘Mentor’ Dhoni Brings To Team India In T20 WC

With less than a week left for India to play their first match of the T20 World Cup 2021, batter KL Rahul has addressed what it feels like having Mahendra Singh Dhoni in the dressing room once again, albeit as a mentor and not a teammate, this time around.

During a Red Bull interaction, Rahul spoke about the former skipper’s presence in the Men in Blue ahead of the big tournament and the biggest advantage that he brings along with him, wherever he goes.

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“Obviously, MS Dhoni (being) back with the team feels amazing because we have played under him and we have looked towards him as a mentor even when he was our captain,” Rahul said following a well-appreciated half-century against England in India’s first warm-up match.

“We loved having him in the dressing room when he was the captain. We loved the calmness. We have all looked up to him to help us out, to have him here is amazing."

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“This gives us a sense of calmness, I have enjoyed spending time with him in the first two to three days and it has been a lot of fun. Looking forward to chewing his brain about cricket, captaincy and all things cricket,” he added.

Earlier this month, Dhoni had once again proven his mettle as a supreme captain and tactician when he lifted his fourth Indian Premier League title alongside the Chennai Super Kings franchise in the United Arab Emirates.

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However, a lot of questions were raised about the skipper’s struggle with the bat. Much like the end of IPL 2020, fans were also inquisitive about whether this was going to be Dhoni’s last season. And just like IPL 2020, Dhoni shot down all such rumours and assured the fans that he will be back for IPL 2022 as well.

“None of us are sure that IPL 2021 final was his last game,” Rahul, who was the captain of Punjab Kings and got knocked out of IPL 2021 ahead of the playoffs, added while complimenting Dhoni and his highly decorated career so far.

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India will take on Pakistan in their first match of ICC World Cup 2021 on October 24, 2021, at the Dubai International Stadium.