Mumbai: Mahendra Singh Dhoni will have a massive role in Indiaâs bid to regain the World Cup, coach Ravi Shastri said Tuesday, harping on the veteranâs ability to influence the gameâs little moments.
âMassive as it has always been,â Shastri said.
âHe is right there, his communication has been fantastic. As a keeper, he has shown over the years that no one is better than him in this format, not just in taking catches, inflicting those run-outs or stumping, these are little moments in the game which can change it on the head and there was no one better than him,â he said.
Shastri said he was impressed with MSDâs footwork during the league. âIt is great to see the way he was moving in the IPL especially when he was batting, the footwork, the power with which he was hitting the shots, he will be a big player in this World Cup,â Shastri said.
Shastri said it would be the most challenging World Cup considering the quality of the opposition teams and the change in format. âIt will be very challenging. If you look at 2014 and 2019 now, the gap has become closer between the teams. West Indies, on paper, is as strong as any other team.â