Shane Warne has made it very clear that India need MS Dhoni s experience and leadership skills in the World Cup to help Virat Kohli-led India. @PTI

Shane Warne has given the title of must-have player to MS Dhoni while calling Virat Kohli a terrific leader.

The former Australian captain has emphasised the need for experienced players when the things are tough. (READ: India s last ODI before World Cup: What needs to be worked out)

When things are tough, you need experienced guys in your side like MS Dhoni. For me, MS Dhoni is a great player and a must-have player in your side, Warne told ANI in New Delhi on Tuesday.

While praising the wicket-keeper batsman about his experience and versatility, he even went to the extent of saying that anyone criticising MS Dhoni has absolutely no idea what they are talking about. (ALSO READ: MS Dhoni half a captain of Indian team, Virat Kohli visibly rough without him: Bishan Singh Bedi)

Warne, who is very opinionated and vocal, has made it very clear that India need Dhoni s experience and leadership skills in the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup to help Virat Kohli-led side.

Former Australia spinner also expressed his contradictory views on the exclusion of Rishabh Pant, saying he still thinks that there is room for Pant.

When asked about his World Cup favourites, the right-arm spinner said: I think India and England must go in the favourites because of the cricket they have played over the last six to 12 months but I think Australia is starting to develop that belief where they can win from anywhere again. (ALSO READ: Shane Warne explains how he would have dismissed Virat Kohli)

The much-awaited World Cup is scheduled to take place from May 30 to July 14 in England. India will begin their campaign against South Africa on June 5 at the Hampshire Bowl.