By: Tarish Bhatt
MS Dhoni has played some crucial knocks for Rising Pune Supergiants in the ongoing IPL. It was his onslaught in the death overs that propelled the Supergiants over Mumbai Indians in the Qualifier 1.
Dhoni has peaked at the right time, not only for the Supergiants, but also for the Indian team. The Indian team is gearing to defend the Champions Trophy in the United Kingdom, and Dhoni will have a major role to play in it.
“I think he is still as good as he has been,” Michael Clarke said. “I have said this through the IPL and will continue to say that through the Champions Trophy, India has made a smart decision in picking him for the tournament.”
“He deserves to be there. He is the best wicket-keeper in the country. His batting is still as good as it always was. He has shown form in patches in the IPL and I have no doubt he will show us (what he can do) in Champions Trophy.”
India will start its Champions Trophy defence against archrivals Pakistan at Edgbaston on June 4. Dhoni will be a vital cog in the middle-order, as he will have a vital role to finish off things and also held the innings together.
The experience of gun player like Dhoni will be crucial in the seaming conditions.