Former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni will not charge a fee for mentoring the Indian cricket team during this month’s T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates and Oman, BCCI President Sourav Ganguly told PTI on Tuesday. (More cricket news)
The legendary former captain was brought in as a mentor by the BCCI last month when they announced the roster for the mega-event set to begin October 17th.
“Dhoni won’t ask for anything to look after the Indian team,” said Ganguly.
The 40-year-old Dhoni retired from international cricket last year. His last game in India was the 2019 World Cup semi-finals, which the team lost to New Zealand.
It is believed that Dhoni was consulted for his experience in developing near-perfect strategies for white balls. He led his Chennai Super Kings franchise into the IPL finals on Sunday.
The enigmatic wicketkeeper batter, one of the most successful captains in Indian cricket history, led India to two world titles – the T20 World Cup 2007 in South Africa and the ODI World Cup 2011 in India.
The reticent gamer’s resignation, which he announced in an Instagram post on August 15 last year, had taken the cricket world by surprise and he has not spoken about it once since.
The highly respected player from Jharkhand played 90 Tests, 350 ODIs and 98 T20 Internationals and collected 4876, 10773 and 1617 runs in all formats, respectively.
After his international retirement, he largely held back and concentrated on his IPL engagements and organic farming in his hometown of Ranchi.