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Don't undervalue MS Dhoni's experience in this set-up: Gilchrist

New Delhi: The Indian cricket team benefits more than it knows from Mahendra Singh Dhoni's presence, feels Australian legend Adam Gilchrist, who says the former Indian captain's experience should not be undervalued.

"I think they (Indian team) probably benefit more than they know by his (Dhoni) experience and him just being around.I wonder whether people around undervalue his experience and calmness that MS brings to the change room," Gilchrist said during an interaction at the sidelines of 'Royal Stag Barrel Select Perfect Strokes'. For someone, who redefined the role of a keeper-batsman, Gilchrist opined that Dhoni is still good enough to bat at any position from Nos 3 to 7.
"I think he (Dhoni) is so versatile that he could possibly play anywhere between Nos 3 to 7 and still have an impact. So, this Indian team is full of options and flexibility and MS just adds to that as he has throughout his career. I am not aware of his statistics for the past 12 months or so but I don't think he has let the team down when he has been asked to do a job. I love Virat (Kohli) and all the Indian players' passion and aggression. It's always nice to be balanced up by some experience and wise head," stated Gilchrist. While there is still some time to go for the 2019 World Cup, Gilchrist said he is not sure if there is anyone around the corner who can replace the Jharkhand dasher in the 50-over format.
"Dhoni will know if he is keen enough and committed enough (to play the 2019 World Cup). Whether he is prepared to make the sacrifices to be there," he said.
"I believe that MS will make the right decision for Indian cricket. There is plenty of time but don't undervalue the experience that he brings," he reminded.

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