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MS Dhoni still a key player for India

13 January 2019

He has not played a lot of matches and it is a cause of worry for India, especially considering that he is likely to join the squad for the 2019 World Cup which is scheduled to be held in England later this year.

"Nobody is guaranteed that (World Cup) flight to England as yet".

India will not be fielding Hardik Pandya and K L Rahul in Saturday's ODI series-opener against Australia after Committee of Administrators (CoA) member Diana Edulji recommended a suspension pending inquiry for their controversial comments on women during a TV show.

".batting down the order, getting us through the line, his finishing touch is very important and he has finished so many games for us".

"Talking about the slots in the playing eleven, he said, ".more or less, the slots are pretty much taken by individuals But having said that, I feel everything will depend on the form of each player. "So it's hard to name the 11 or 12 that'll be playing the World Cup". It does nothing to the spirit that we've been able to create within the change room and these are purely individual opinions and something as I said which is inappropriate,"Kohli added".

Siddle, who last played a ODI in November, 2010, was also given the opportunity to force his way into World Cup contention after being selected on the back of recent domestic T20 form while first-choice pace trio of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins were rested. His calmness, his advice is very important. "We have to grind it out there, face the challenge and make sure that we put them under pressure".

"Someone like Dhoni behind the stumps telling them (Chahal and Kuldeep) what the batsman is trying to do makes a big difference".

He has been an important part of India's ODI plans, but Rohit said Test cricket remains important to him despite another year of missed chances. 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.

MS Dhoni still a key player for India