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'Virat Kohli doesn't have game reading quality like MS Dhoni'

KOLKATA: India skipper Virat Kohli has regularly mentioned that he's fortunate to have MS Dhoni within the workforce and the latter's early life trainer Keshav Banerjee has additionally harped on the truth that the previous India captain is the perfect mentor in this slightly younger workforce.

Speaking on the sidelines of the release of the MS Dhoni Cricket Academy clinic, Keshav mentioned that Dhoni's tactical acumen is unprecedented and that the wicket-keeper is the perfect guide for Kohli in terms of studying the game and making strategic strikes.

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"In game reading and tactical approach, there is no one like Dhoni and Kohli also does not have that. So, Kohli can always fall back on Dhoni if he wants to take any advice. If Dhoni would not have been part of the Indian team, there would be nobody to help Kohli as he needs time as captain," the trainer mentioned.

There have additionally been a lot of talks about Dhoni's batting position within the Indian workforce as he not enjoys the role of finisher and Keshav mentioned that the previous skipper must come in at no.4.

"When he bats at no. 4, he takes time as he has time. When he bats at no. 5 or 6, he has to hit from the word go as runs are needed after all. Then he has to take risks. I feel Dhoni should bat at no. 4 in the World Cup. It will be the team management's decision, but that's my personal opinion. If he bats at no. 4, the other batsmen can play freely after him," he defined.

While pundits feel that Rishabh Pant merits an opportunity within the Indian workforce and must have been within the World Cup squad, Keshav begs to differ. "It is too early to give him a chance. India have a huge bench strength. He should be given a chance after the World Cup," he mentioned.

Asked if Dhoni will dangle up his boots after the World Cup, the trainer mentioned: "Do you want him to retire (laughs)? You have seen how fit he is. That's the main thing. When Dhoni will retire, even his wife and father don't know."

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