Former Australian spinner and Rajasthan Royals icon Shane Warne has suggested that India cannot go into the upcoming World Cup 2019 without the services of MS Dhoni, and that the team needs his experience going forward.
Speaking to the media at the sidelines of an event concerning his IPL team, the leg-spinning great felt that the experience Dhoni carries as a skipper will benefit both the Indian team as well as Indian skipper Virat Kohli.
"Virat Kohli is a terrific leader but many a time we can have experience of MS Dhoni to help Virat when pressure is on. It's easy to captain a side when things are going well but when it's tough you need experience like you saw in MS Dhoni," he told ANI.
Warne also slammed the critics of MS Dhoni, stating anyone who doubts his abilities doesn't know much about the game.
"MS Dhoni is a great player. He can bat anywhere whatever the team needs. He is adaptable & anyone criticising him has no idea what they're talking about. India need him in World Cup, they need his experience & leadership skills on field to help Virat Kohli as well," the legend added.
When asked which team he feels would win the upcoming World Cup 2019, Warne backed his own country to go the whole way, though, mentioned that hosts England and India start as the favorites.
"World Cup is very close. I think India & England will go in as favourites because of the cricket they played in the last 6-12 months...I believe Australia win the World Cup as they're peaking up at right time but I think India & England are going in as the favourites," the Australian said.