MUMBAI – India are lucky to have someone with Mahendra Singh Dhoni's ability and experience in the side and the long-serving wicketkeeper-batsman is going to be crucial to their chances at the Cricket World Cup, captain Virat Kohli has said.
Dhoni has played 341 one-day internationals, scoring 10,500 runs at an average of just under 51, and his sharp glovework makes him first-choice wicketkeeper in the limited-overs format.
However, he will turn 38 during the World Cup and while he remains supremely fit a sub-par 2018 helped fuel suggestions that age has diminished his batting ability.
Dhoni, India's 2011 World Cup winning captain, seems to have turned things around with the bat this year. He has scored over 300 runs in nine ODIs, hitting four half-centuries, including three in a row during the tour of Australia.
"He is one person who knows the game inside out, who understands the game from ball one to 300 on the field," Kohli told India Today. "I won't say it is a luxury to have him, but I am fortunate to have a mind like that behind the stumps."