Kapil Dev: ‘A player should return to setup only after 3-4 years but seems like MS Dhoni’s case was special’

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MONACO - FEBRUARY 27: Laureus Academy member Kapil Dev is interviewed prior to the Laureus World Sports Awards at the Meridien Beach Plaza on February 27, 2018 in Monaco, Monaco. (Photo by Boris Streubel/Getty Images for Laureus)
India's 1983 World Cup-winning captain Kapil Dev welcomed BCCI's decision to appoint Dhoni as India's mentor for T20 World Cup. However, he said a player should return to the mainstream scheme of things only after three-four years of his retirement.
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The BCCI has decided to send MS Dhoni as the mentor of the team for the upcoming T20 World Cup. Both Fans and experts have accepted this decision with open arms. Although India’s 1983 World Cup-winning captain Kapil Dev was among them, Kapil still had other ideas. To clarify, Kapil Dev opened up about an interesting perspective. He said a player perhaps should return to the mainstream scheme of things only after three-four years of his retirement.

Also, Read India’s T20 World Cup Squad Announced; MS Dhoni selected as a mentor

In Dhoni’s case, it has been only a little over a year since the legendary India captain had formally announced his retirement from all forms of international cricket on August 15, 2020.

“It is a good decision (appointing Dhoni as the mentor),” said Kapil at an event in Kolkata before adding that perhaps BCCI made a ‘special case’ for Dhoni to join the team as a mentor barely a year after his retirement.

“I have always thought that once a cricketer retires he should come back to the set-up only after three-four years but this seems like a special case with the World Cup around the corner. Ravi (Shastri) is also down with Covid so it looks like a special case,” Kapil added.

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