T20 World Cup: Will Team India mentorship help Dhoni set CSK dug-out template in coming years?

NEW DELHI: Mahendra Singh Dhoni has completed his primary assignment with distinction, leading Chennai Super Kings to their fourth IPL title but now comes the tricky one — to be the ‘Mentor’ of the Indian cricket team at the T20 World Cup.
Dhoni the leader is very different from any of his predecessors or successors but whether in Team India blues or CSK’s canary yellow, he has been an active voice on the field for the last 17 years in top flight cricket.
The new role though will be a slightly trickier one where from active voice, Dhoni is expected to become an “actively passive voice” where it would depend on skipper Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri as to how they use the nuggets of information that they get from him.
The term “Mentor” in Indian cricket has a broad domain — strategist, motivator, sounding board, one can take his pick. In case of Dhoni, he is expected to be a sounding board as this Indian team, despite not winning big events, has been in auto-pilot mode for a long time. —PTI

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