Mahendra Singh Dhoni making “massive” contribution in World Cup: Gavaskar

Vastavam web: Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar foresees Mahendra Singh Dhoni making a “massive” contribution in India’s World Cup campaign and he feels it will not be limited to the talismanic player’s much-admired instinctive reading of the game.

Dhoni has been in superb form in the ongoing Indian Premier League and has so far amassed 358 runs from 11 matches for the Chennai Super Kings. Gavaskar feels the stumper-batsman will be crucial to India posting defendable totals in the mega-event starting May 30 in the United Kingdom.

“I think it will be very important because we have a fabulous top-three. But in case the top-three don’t make their usual contribution, then Dhoni’s contribution down the order, whether it’s at number four or five, will make a big difference in India posting a defendable total,” Gavaskar told here on Thursday.

Gavaskar also spoke highly of Dhoni’s wicket-keeping skills and how they aid skipper Virat Kohli in making field placements. Gavaskar also said the fact that Dhoni has already led India to the 2011 World Cup triumph would make his experience all the more valuable.

“And when you have somebody who’s actually been in a position where he’s taken the stress and taken the team to a win as he did in 2011 (World Cup), that is invaluable in your team.