The Champions Trophy, to be held in three months’ time. Dhoni’s Childhood coach Keshav Banerjee said it would decide the fate of India’s most successful cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
Keshav Banerjee attended the launch of an under-14 cricket tournament today.
Here, Talking about Dhoni, he said, “At the moment, his sole focus is on the Champions Trophy. If he’s successful there, I think he would go on till the World Cup 2019,”
One of the best finishers of the world, Dhoni still has a sharp brain, despite the dip in success ratio, Banerjee felt.
“It’s natural that with age, you would not hit the same strike rate. But his will power and game-analysing sense are the two qualities that make him special. He’s out there playing domestic one-dayers (Vijay Hazare Trophy) to keep himself in shape ahead of the Champions Trophy.”
Dhoni quits from Tests Down Under in late 2014, and stepped down from limited overs captaincy in January, Which surprised everyone.
“He never liked to be pushed so he called it quits before anyone could point fingers at him in the Tests format,” Banerjee added.
“He never kept anyone in the loop, even his best friend or parents did not know when he quit Tests.”
Banerjee also seemed unhappy with the way Dhoni was removed as skipper of Rising Pune Supergiants for the Indian Premier League season 10.
"It appeared to me a decision by the team owners as Dhoni did not have any choice now but to play this season,” he said.
Banerjee’s role in shaping up Dhoni’s early days as a cricketer was well documented in the biopic MS Dhoni: The Untold Story. A cricket coach at Dhoni’s alma mater, Jawahar Vidya Mandir at Shyamali in Ranchi, Banerjee persuaded a then class VI football goalkeeper to become a wicketkeeper. The rest, as they say, is history.