India wicketkeeper-batsman MS Dhoni. @ AFP/Getty Images
India wicketkeeper-batsman MS Dhoni. @ AFP/Getty Images

Mahendra Singh Dhoni s dip in form with the bat has led to many critics questioning the former India captain s place in the side for the ICC World Cup 2019. Dhoni s absence from the Twenty20 International squads for the West Indies and Australia series reaffirmed the fact that Captain Cool maybe nearing the end of an illustrious career.

Former India captain Kapil Dev has thrown his weight behind the under-fire Dhoni, who may have lost the power of clearing the ropes recently. However, Dev reckoned that Dhoni, under whom India won the 2011 World Cup, still remains an integral part of India s side purely due to his experience.

I think whatever he has done, he s done a great job. But I think we are expecting the same 20 or 25-year-old Dhoni, which is not going to work. He has experience; if he can help the team with his experience, it s [a job] well done. But one thing everyone should understand is that he is not 20, and he is not going to be 20 again, Dev, who led India to its first World Cup win in 1983 told NDTV.

So, whatever he brings to the table, if he can make himself available and he can play good cricket, he is an asset to the team. Only his fitness is important, and I wish he keeps on playing more matches.

Dev was also asked about his views on India captain Virat Kohli, back at the helm for the crucial tour of Australia.

I think he is a special person, a special player, Dev said.

The people who have talent and are ready to work hard they become superstars, or superhuman. So, I think he is talented and disciplined and that makes him what he is.

Dev refrained on commenting whether India head coach Ravi Shastri is a yes-man for Kohli. If the captain and the team is happy, why should we question somebody? Dev said.

I don t like to answer a question which I am not related to, because I do not know what is happening inside [the dressing room]. If the team is happy and he is doing a good job, good luck to him.