Current captain Virat Kohli (right) supported the move to have M.S. Dhoni with the side for the tournament, said Jay Shah. File photo
Gulf Today Report
Former captain will join the Indian cricket team in the role of a mentor at the upcoming Twenty20 World Cup to be held next month.
The swashbuckling wicket-keeper batsman, who took retirement from international cricket last year, will be seen motivating the team at the showpiece event.
Dhoni is the most successful captain, who has won the 50-over World Cup, Twenty20 World Cup and Champions Trophy in his illustrious career, spanning over a decade and a half.
Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Jay Shah revealed that the move to bring Dhoni as the mentor was supported by the current Indian captain Virat Kohli.
“I spoke to the management and requested Dhoni to take up the role, when I was in Dubai. He agreed to it,” said Shah while announcing the Indian squad for the World Twenty20, which will be held in Oman and the UAE.
Meanwhile, the wily spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has been recalled into the 15-member World Cup squad, which also feature four spinners, including the new spin sensation Varun Chakravarthy, who has impressed since making his international T20 debut this year only.
Ashwin, a 34-year-old off-spinner, makes a return to the fold after four a absence of years. He played his last T20 for India in July 2017.
Opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan was once again ignored despite leading India on a limited-overs tour of Sri Lanka successfully.
Virat Kohli (capt), Rohit Sharma (vice captain), KL Rahul, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ishan Kishan (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Rahul Chahar, Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel, Varun Chakravarthy, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami
Shreyas Iyer, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar
Hasaranga returned career-best T20 figures of 4-9 with his leg-spin as India finished on a paltry 81-8, a total Sri Lanka overhauled in 14.3 overs. Dhananjaya de Silva, unbeaten on 23, and Hasaranga, 14 not out, steered the team home after Indian leg-spinner Rahul Chahar sent back Sri Lanka’s top three batsmen.
A Shaheen Shah Afridi-inspired Trent Boult did replicate his performance to help New Zealand set up an eight-wicket victory over India in their T20 World Cup match in Dubai on Sunday.
Kings XI Punjab captain KL Rahul expressed his delight on hitting the turf after a period of almost five months.
The championship represents a cornerstone in the foundation's efforts to enhance the sporting landscape within the vibrant Emirate, targeting key aspects of modernisation and developmental projects.
The championship attracted huge crowds, with numerous schools and universities in Fujairah sending spectators to witness the game's stars compete amidst a fantastic atmosphere.
'It was for the first time that I watched a live match played by visually challenged players and their talent has really impressed me a lot. Dubai is a hub for trade, sports and diplomacy that provides an ideal environment for such type of healthy and positive activities,” said Hussain.