Aakash Chopra reckons that MS Dhoni's absence will not affect Team India in the 2021 T20 World Cup.
Dhoni will be leading CSK in IPL 2020.
The international comeback of MS Dhoni still remains a mystery without any clues. There’s perhaps no bigger question than Dhoni’s future, which is hovering above the minds of cricket fanatics as of now. With India retaining the right to host the 2021 T20 World Cup, the question gets even more significant.
While the first school of thought believes the expertise and craftsmanship of Dhoni will play a vital role, the second prefers the zeal and enthusiasm of young guns that Team India have in their arsenal.
Former Indian cricketer Aakash Chopra owes his adherence to the second school as he thinks India can comfortably manage without the former skipper.
Chopra remarked that Team India is strong enough to handle the absence of veteran Dhoni in the forthcoming ICC event.
“I think we can manage without him [Dhoni], let’s be honest. Because we are talking about 2021,” Chopra said while speaking on his YouTube channel.
“It is in India and you definitely want Dhoni to be there in the team and want him to play. But first thing, does Dhoni want to play? I have been saying this like a broken record that I feel he doesn’t want to play.”
The cricketer-turned commentator further stated that Virat Kohli-led side should stop their over-reliance on an individual player and India can win the World Cup even without Dhoni.
“But even if he is available, we are talking about 2021. It is still more than a year to go when that World Cup will happen in India. So, we have to get used to managing without him and I think we will get used to it by then. So I feel his presence is not so important that if he is not there you will not win the World Cup,” Chopra added.
Meanwhile, Dhoni hasn’t played professional cricket since India’s semi-final defeat to New Zealand in the ICC World Cup last year. He, however, is all set to lead Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the 2020 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).