T20 World Cup 2021: KL Rahul says MS Dhoni’s presence in dressing room brings calmness

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Indian team opener KL Rahul lauded mentor MS Dhoni and said that having him in the dressing room for the T20 World cup 2021 gives a sense of calmness and he is looking forward to picking the brains of the former Indian skipper on all things cricket.

India will open its campaign in the upcoming T20 World Cup against Pakistan on October 24 at the Dubai International Stadium. Virat Kohli’s side will also have the services of MS Dhoni as the former India skipper will act as a mentor.

Dhoni is coming off after winning the IPL 2021 for the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) as well.

“None of us are sure that IPL 2021 final was his last game. I do not think, I would love to see MS Dhoni play for a lot more years if he could. Yeah, it was great to see how CSK played in the tournament and they were the most deserving to win it. Obviously, MS Dhoni 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,” said Rahul during a Clubhouse session organized by Red Bull on Tuesday.

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Talking about the fitness of MS Dhoni, Rahul said: “I think Dhoni can give any of us stiff competition, he definitely is a guy who can hit the ball furthest, he is very strong and he is good between the wickets. He looks the fittest, it is good fun to have him.”

While Ishan Kishan walked off with the accolades for his 70 against England in the first warm-up match on October 18, Rahul also showed that he had carried his IPL 2021 form into the T20 World cup 2021 as well, hitting 51 in just 24 balls.

Very excited, obviously, World Cup is a big event and every player looks forward to it and every player is training all year round to play this tournament. The World Cup was supposed to be played last year, but it was pushed and it has given a lot more time to think about the best combination and try and get everything right and make a huge impact and win the tournament. 2019 World Cup semis loss did hurt the team a lot and hopefully, we can use that to push ourselves a lot more and try and win the tournament,” said Rahul.