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India has called in national legend M.S. Dhoni to act as team mentor for the Twenty20 World Cup...

👤 H K Badal9 Sep 2021 4:34 PM GMT
Icon Dhoni to be India mentor for T20 World Cup
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India has called in national legend M.S. Dhoni to act as team mentor for the Twenty20 World Cup starting next month.

The 40-year-old, who retired from international cricket last year, is India's most successful captain having won the World Cup, the inaugural T20 World Cup and the Champions Trophy.

Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Jay Shah said on September 8 current captain Virat Kohli supported the move to have Dhoni with the side for the tournament in the United Arab Emirates and Oman.

Senior spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has been named in the 15-member World Cup squad that also includes four additional spinners including Varun Chakravarthy who only made his international T20 debut this year.

Ashwin, a 34-year-old off-spinner, returns to the limited-overs fold after four years since playing a T20 for the national side in July 2017.

The World Cup runs from October 17 to November 14.

India begin their campaign against arch-rivals Pakistan on October 24 in Dubai.

India squad

Virat Kohli (capt), Rohit Sharma (vice captain), KL Rahul, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ishan Kishan (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Rahul Chahar, Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel, Varun Chakravarthy, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami.