Salaam Cricket 2021: India coach Ravi Shastri won't be under pressure because of mentor MS Dhoni, says Sunil Gavaskar

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Salaam Cricket 2021: India coach Ravi Shastri won't be under pressure because of mentor MS Dhoni, says Sunil Gavaskar
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Former captain Sunil Gavaskar doesn’t think that the presence of Mahendra Singh Dhoni as Team India’s mentor will put head coach Ravi Shastri under any sort of pressure during the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup 2021.

Gavaskar in fact, feels Shastri will welcome a personality like Dhoni, who was appointed the team’s mentor for the tournament earlier this month.

Dhoni recently led Chennai Super Kings to victory in IPL 2021 in the UAE, and then joined the Indian squad in Dubai to help them prepare for the T20 World Cup which he had won as captain in the inaugural edition in 2007.

“A mentor (MS Dhoni) coming into the Indian team won’t put this coach (Ravi Shastri) under any pressure, it won’t matter to him much. In fact, this coach will welcome a mentor.

“When I was appointed the consultant of the Indian team (), the coach () was scared that I was going to take his job. But that won’t happen with Ravi Shastri. He was the coach when Dhoni was the captain so they both know each other well.

“I think this decision is a good one (to have a mentor). Suresh and Robin, who both play for CSK under Dhoni, both said he will have a calming influence in the dressing room. Even if Dhoni goes up to each player and says a few words it will be enough.

“I think the dressing room environment will be very good and positive because of Dhoni’s arrival. And this will benefit Indian cricket,” Gavaskar said on India Today’s Salaam Cricket 2021.

India are heading into the T20 World Cup as one of the favourites to win the title, which they had first clinched under MS Dhoni, who is mentoring Kohli’s side in this edition.

India warmed up for the tournament with two comprehensive wins over England and Australia in the warm-up matches in Dubai. India have been drawn alongside Pakistan, Afghanistan, New Zealand and two qualifiers in Group 2.

Also Read | Salaam Cricket: India shouldn’t play T20 WC under pressure of not having won anything under Kohli, says Azharuddin Also Read | Salaam Cricket 2021: West Indies will be one big threat for India in T20 World Cup, feels Suresh Raina

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