Kumar Sangakkara said that MS Dhoni’s experience will be beneficial to Virat Kohli and the Indian team during the ICC World Cup 2019. @AFP

After the chairman of selectors MSK Prasad and coach Ravi Shastri have made it clear that MS Dhoni will be a key part to Virat Kohli-led Indian side at the ICC World Cup 2019, former Sri Lankan captain and wicketkeeper-batsman Kumar Sangakkara has thrown his weight behind Dhoni. (ALSO READ: MS Dhoni’s experience can’t be questioned, there are not many better than him: Lakshmipathy Balaji)

While Sangakkara said that Rishabh Pant’s emergence is an “outstanding discovery”, he felt that Dhoni is secured about his position in the team.

“Rishabh Pant has been an outstanding discovery for India. So competition for places whether you are young or old actually drives you to do better. It just depends on how you take it. Whether you look at it as an opportunity or a threat,” Sangakkara told India Today. (ALSO READ: MS Dhoni’s presence in World Cup important for decision-making: Yuvraj Singh)

“I think MS is quite secure about who he is and how he has gone about it and I think he understands people very well. So he will understand how to navigate those issues not just about selection but also personalities in the dressing room,” added Sangakkara.

Although Kohli and the team management were always supportive of Dhoni, despite the loss of form in recent times as a batsman, the former India skipper, with his Man of the Series performance in the ODI series in Australia, gave enough indications that there’s a lot left in the tank. (ALSO READ: India should include Rishabh Pant in the playing XI for the World Cup: Mohammad Azharuddin)

Sangakkara highlighted the fact that Dhoni’s experience at the ICC event will be pivotal for the team’s fortunes and will benefit Kohli as well.

“When it comes to a World Cup, experience counts a lot. Not just experience but that is close to its best. I think MS Dhoni will definitely find a place in that World Cup 15 for India,” said Sangakkara. (ALSO READ: Is this the best Indian batting order for the World Cup?)

“Also I think with his experience, Virat will want to have a very cool head on the field, if push comes to shove when they are in a tight situation in a World Cup,” concluded Sangakkara.