Former captain MS Dhoni won’t charge any fee for mentoring the Indian cricket team during this month’s T20 tournament within the UAE and Oman, BCCI President Sourav Ganguly told PTI on Tuesday. the long-lasting former captain was brought in as mentor by the BCCI last month when it announced the squad for the mega-event, scheduled to start out October 17. “Dhoni won’t charge anything to mentor the Indian team,” Ganguly said.
The 40-year-old Dhoni retired from international cricket last year, his last India game being the 2019 tournament semi-final, which the team lost to New Zealand.
It is believed that Dhoni was brought certain his experience in devising near-perfect white ball strategies. He led his franchise Chennai Super Kings into the IPL finals on Sunday.
One of the foremost successful captains within the history of Indian cricket, the enigmatic wicketkeeper-batter led India to 2 world titles — the 2007 T20 tournament in South Africa and also the 2011 ODI World Cup in India.
The reticent player’s retirement, announced by him through an Instagram post on August 15 last year, had taken the cricket world all of sudden and he has not spoken even once about it afterward.
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The highly-respected player from Jharkhand played 90 Tests, 350 ODIs and 98 T20 Internationals amassing 4876, 10773 and 1617 runs respectively across formats.
He has largely kept an occasional profile after retiring internationally, focussing on his IPL engagements and organic farming at his home town Ranchi.