MS Dhoni’s advice means a lot, Team India lucky to have him: Ajinkya Rahane to India Today
India’s Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane on Thursday reiterated Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and coach Ravi Shastri’s sentiments that MS Dhoni’s presence in the team is very much needed.Dhoni had drawn some criticism from a few former cricketers over his performances in T20 cricket after the New Zealand series earlier this year but the World Cup-winning captain has found plenty of support from his own teammates.”Definitely MS Dhoni has cricket left in him. He is taking care of his fitness, he is looking after his body, he is looking after his diet I mean and also his advices on the field to Virat is such a big difference,” Rahane told India Today’s Consulting Editor Boria Majumdar.Rahane also said that the team is lucky to have a player like Dhoni because his suggestions on the field are of great help to the players.”And he has a skill and he is so experienced that he has actually seen everything. I feel he is the guy and we are lucky to have him in our team. His advice means a lot to us, it taught us a lot and he definitely has cricket left in him,” Rahane added.WATCH FULL INTERVIEWLast month during the T20I series against New Zealand, skipper Virat Kohli was the first to throw his weight behind Dhoni and said the legendary wicketkeeper-batsman was still an integral part of his team.Limited-overs vice-captain Rohit Sharma also backed Dhoni and said he was shocked when people still questioned Dhoni’s role in the T20 team.advertisement”I am shocked that this question is being raised. If you look at the recent performances, I don’t understand why people are still talking about it,” Rohit told India Today.Coach Ravi Shastri, in an exclusive interview with India Today, had also slammed the 36-year-old’s critics and said they should instead look at what they were like when they were 36.”If they (Dhoni’s critics) look at themselves in the mirror and ask the question, ‘what they were at the age of 36?’, would they have run two runs faster?’.”But the time they finish two, this guy will run three. Then he has won only two World Cups and averages only 51. He is still one of the best around, not only in the Indian team, but the world. Some of the things you see with him are not sold in the market. You will not get it anywhere else,” the former India all-rounder had told India Today.Dhoni has been tremendous to say the least this year, amassing 788 runs in 29 ODIs at an average of 60.61 with one hundred and six half-centuries. In 13 T20 internationals the right-handed batsman has scored 252 runs at an average of 42 with a highest score of 56.With no better alternative in sight, Dhoni is still an irreplaceable asset for the Indian team in limited-overs for sure.