Thu, 23 Dec 2021

Former India pacer Atul Wassan has made a big statement on MS Dhoni's appointment as Team India's mentor for T20 WC

Former India pacer Atul Wassan has made a big statement on Dhoni's appointment as mentor of T20 WC

ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2021 marked the end of Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri's era as it was last the tournament for the captain coach duo. Ahead of the prestigious tournament, the country was overwhelmed with joy when former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was named mentor of the Indian cricket team for the T20 world Cup. The big news was welcomed by all as Dhoni had just won the IPL tournament for Chennai Super Kings and his impeccable record with the sport.

Shastri's tenure ended with the World Cup, while Kohli had already announced the news to step down as captain of the T20I team post the Word Cup.

BCCI president Sourav Ganguly and secretary Jay Shah revealed the reason behind appointing Dhoni as team's mentor, stating that MSD's wisdom and his wealth of knowledge would prove to be beneficial for Indian cricket. However, former India pacer Atul Wassan has made a big statement, claiming that Dhoni was roped in to ensure that Kohli and Shastri did not have their way with the team.

"I'll tell you. Dhoni was brought in just to keep some balance because everybody had a feeling that Virat and Ravi Shastri were totally handling, selecting, managing whoever they wanted to play," Wassan told CNN-News18 during a panel discussion.

"They were controlling Indian cricket. So, they (BCCI) thought somebody should come in with some kind of value who would just monitor that there is a balance. I think they messed up greatly in the World Cup."

Speaking of the entire episode, Wassan underlined that the BCCI and selectors did not do anything wrong in naming Rohit Sharma as the new ODI captain. "Here in India, once you have played a lot of cricket and you become a demi-god, the player expects to get some lineage, get some special treatment. This system needs to change," added Wassan.

"If you are not gelling well with the organisation and you have got a better option, players also have to stop feeling low or let down. Don't expect too much from the board because once you have a tap on the shoulder, you have got to take it as a man."