The ICC World Cup 2019 which starts from 30th May in England and Wales is less than two months away and excitement level amongst cricket fans around the world is high.
The Indian playing XI for the World Cup according to skipper Virat Kohli is fixed except for the wicketkeeper. Rishabh Pant and MS Dhoni are possible players for the World Cup squad.
However, legendary Australian spinner Shane Warne has pointed out that MS Dhoni’s experience and guidance is necessary for the Indian team going into the world cup. He also said that Virat Kohli needs MS Dhoni’s “leadership experience” in the World Cup.
“MS Dhoni has to play in the World Cup. MS Dhoni is a class act and Virat Kohli needs his leadership experience as well to help him when the times are tough,” Warne said.
“You have a successor and the name is Rishabh Pant. He takes over when Dhoni decides to retire,” Warne put it in a matter of fact manner. The world’s second highest wicket-taker in Test cricket feels that it doesn’t need to be Dhoni versus Rishabh Pant.
“I believe that Rishabh can play in the World Cup. They (Dhoni and Pant) can both play together in the XI. Dhoni is the keeper and Rishabh bats. I don’t think you have to say it’s Rishabh or Dhoni.
“Dhoni should be that experienced player, the keeper, the leader, the finisher and Pant can bat anywhere from 1 to 6. So when Dhoni decides to retire, Rishabh Pant takes over. It’s that easy,” he added.