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ICC World Cup 2019: 5 reasons why Virat Kohli needs MS Dhoni to lift the trophy

  • Despite a strong and well-balanced team, Virat is truly blessed to have MS Dhoni for the ICC World Cup 2019
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Modified 17 Feb 2019, 01:20 IST
MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli MS Dhoni guiding the team through
MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli MS Dhoni guiding the team through Dhoni has tweaked his game for the sake of the team

In just a few months from now, the world will witness the most spectacular cricketing event, the ICC World Cup 2019 in England, the proverbial home of the cricket. It will be the 5th occasion that England will proudly host the mega event and spread the magic of cricket around the world.

In this edition, the top 10 ODI teams from across the globe will compete against each other in a round-robin format for the most prestigious trophy. Without any doubt, the marquee event will be the most entertaining cricketing event of the year.

Just like every team, Team India has been working on their 15 member squad for the tournament for quite a while now and with the consistent effort of the team management, they now have an excellent pool of players to choose from.

Apart from a few hiccups in between, they have looked a very strong team especially since they have finally discovered a fast bowling all-rounder and lethal bowling attack to back up their strong batting unit. Today, team India looks a very well balanced team and interestingly, even stronger than ever before.

By the looks of things, the Men in Blue appear to be a very strong contender to lift the ICC trophy this year. After a long wait of over 11 years, this is Virat’s opportunity to live the dream once again and he needs one man more than anyone else to succeed – Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

However, of late, a lot has been said about MS Dhoni. His poor of run with the bat specifically has divided the entire cricket fanatic nation into two completely opposing factions – one that still believes in the legend’s ability to win games for India and the other that believes that it’s time for him say goodbye to the gentleman’s game. Many fans have questioned his place in the side and consider him an emotional burden rather than an invaluable asset for the team.

Nevertheless, the team management has stood by MSD through the turbulence and has clearly shown faith in his contribution to the mega event. It is absolutely evident that despite being a successful captain in the very cricketing format, the Indian captain Virat Kohli still needs MS Dhoni for the all-important ICC World Cup 2019.

Here are 5 reasons why:


#1 Strengthening the shaky middle order

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There is no debate around the fact that MS Dhoni isn’t the same flamboyant hard hitter anymore. Once regarded as the best finisher in the game, he is now unable to score freely. today, and you cannot expect him to come on to the crease and smash the bowlers around. He now needs time in the middle to settle down.

That works perfectly for the team in today’s scenario. Team India is excellently equipped for a cruise of a start by their top order - Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, and Virat Kohli. Dhoni is perfectly supported at the end of the innings by newly the appointed finishers – Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik and Hardik Pandya. It is India’s middle-order that is a concern especially considering the fact that the no.4 slot continues to be the puzzle.

Today, Dhoni’s style of batting has an invaluable ability to calm the storm and that is just ideal for the team. He may consume some overs in the beginning to settle down but at the same time, he will provide some much-needed stability to the team.

Also, his presence on the other side will give immense confidence to others to play their shots freely without any worry. Needless to say, he has a very vital role in the batting order and holds the keys to India's success.

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Published 17 Feb 2019, 01:20 IST
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