Rohit Sharma, who recently joined the team after the birth of his baby daughter, delved into the importance experienced former captain MS Dhoni brings to the Indian dressing room. After clinching a historic Test series win in Australia, the tourists are gearing up for the three-match ODI series which gets underway from January 12 at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG).

“So, him being around for India is always helpful. He is a like a guiding light around the group, I would say. Also with the bat.. down the order, getting through that finishing line is very, very important,” Rohit said during a press conference on Thursday. (VIDEO: MS Dhoni sweats it out during net session ahead of the ODI series)

Rohit explained how young bowlers like Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav can benefit from Dhoni’s presence behind the stumps.

“Chahal and Kuldeep are both doing really well so somebody like Dhoni standing behind the stumps and helping those guys about what the batsman is trying to do, it makes a huge difference I think,” he said. (VIDEO: Virat Kohli and Co dance to ‘Mere Desh Ki Dharti’ after Test series win)

“These guys started playing for India in 2017 and since then they have done really well in and outside India. And one of the reasons for that is MS and how he has guided these two guys in the middle about how to keep things tight and field placements. He has played a massive role ever since the time he has left captaincy.”