MS Dhoni stood as one of the most successful captains for the Indian team. There are rumors about his retirement before the world cup but his recent performances are fabulous in the limited overs format. He announced retirement from the test cricket format in 2016 but still dons the wicketkeeper gloves for the team in ODIs and T20Is. He played for India in 321 ODIs and 93 T20Is. He played a crucial role in the team as the player, captain, and the wicket-keeper. Here are some of the reasons he should continue in the team till world cup 2019.
- Running between the wickets
He is a good keeper-batsman known for his pace to run between the wickets. He is an eminent player who can compete with Hardik Pandya and Dwayne Bravo who can convert singles into twos and threes. At the age of 37, his speed of running between the wickets is still the same as it was a decade ago.
- A good finisher
He has the capability to bat at any position in the line-up but he often comes to bat at no.6 or no.7. In the recent past, he slammed 20 runs off a single over in a game to guide the team towards the victory without losing his cool.
- Rapport with Virat Kohli
Kohli was handed captaincy in 2017 for the test format after the retirement of this cool head. Dhoni still sets the field and mentors his teammates and gives a good hand to Kohli whenever possible. The transition of captaincy from Dhoni to Kohli took place in a very smooth manner than ever expected. The saying, once a captain, always a captain, fits aptly for Dhoni. Kohli admitted proudly that he keeps on learning tactics from Dhoni on a perennial process and there are instances Kohli condemned trolls on Dhoni about his poor form and retirement.
- Abilities as a wicketkeeper
Dhoni is one of the wicketkeepers who took most of the catches possible than any other wicket-keeper. He still keeps his form at the best at the age of 37. He is the only wicketkeeper to pick 50 catches in the T20I format followed by Quinton De Kock and Mark Boucher.
- Stands as a role model
He backed and helped youngsters like Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzwendra Chahal, and Rishabh Pant behind the stumps. He is undoubtedly an ideal figure in the Indian cricket and provides immense encouragement for the younger players on and off the field.