Former Indian batsman VV Laxman has said that the legendary wicketkeeper batsman MS Dhoni still remains an important figure in the national team as he shares his valuable experience with the teammates and skipper Virat Kohli. Laxman also pointed out the improvement in Dhoni’s fitness in the last few months.
Considering the omission of veterans like Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina from the limited-overs setup, there were some questions raised over Dhoni’s place as well. In fact, following the announcement of limited-overs squad for the Sri Lankan team, the chairman of selectors MSK Prasad also asserted that the World Cup-winning captain isn’t an automatic choice for selection and he will have to perform consistently to retain his place in the 2019 World Cup team.
However, the 36-year-old silenced all his critics with the consistent brilliance in the recently concluded ODI series in Sri Lanka. Moreover, the Ranchi born cricketer has scored 548 runs at an astounding average of 91.33 in the year 2017 thus far.
"Absolutely [a lot of cricket is left in him]. What has impressed me about Dhoni is the way he has been working hard on his fitness. He is naturally fit, but he is so lean now. He is going to the gym regularly, he is working out regularly, which is a great change in him," Laxman quoted as saying to Sports Tak YouTube channel.
"Also, there is change in his technique, which says that he is always looking to improve. Some of the knocks he played, especially when India were under pressure in Sri Lanka, tell us there is no one better than Dhoni," he further added.
Laxman also highlighted the way Dhoni is still helping his juniors and how he assists the ultra aggressive skipper Kohli when it comes to taking a crucial call on Decision Review System (DRS) and certain field placements.
"The way he contributed as a leader on the field was great. He is probably India's most successful captain. I think he is now a great a mentor to other players in the team and also to captain Kohli," the Indian batting great concluded.