Updated: September 10, 2021 11:37:07 am
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced Team India’s squad for the T20 World Cup 2021 on Wednesday. However more than the players themselves, it was former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni who got everyone talking online.
Taking all cricket buffs by surprise, Dhoni was named as the mentor for the tournament. Dhoni, as captain, brought home three major ICC trophies — World T20, Champions Trophy and World Cup. He also won three IPL titles as the skipper of Super Kings (CSK). His experience coupled with the team’s performance, has fans already excited, with many dubbing the Men in Blue as “champions”.
As emotions ran high among fans, netizens flooded social media with memes to celebrate his return to the dugout.
Check out some of the funniest reactions here:
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) September 8, 2021
2021 is a lot like 2007:
Ronaldo is playing for Manchester United
Dr. Octupus is in a Spiderman movie
Dhoni will be in Indian dressing room in a new role
— Sagar (@sagarcasm) September 8, 2021
— Rajabets India🇮🇳👑 (@smileandraja) September 8, 2021
Ms dhoni in this world cup: pic.twitter.com/nwqLByhYES
— rozgar_CA (@Memeswalaladka) September 8, 2021
— Rishabh Srivastava (@AskRishabh) September 8, 2021
Kohli and MSD in Dressing Room: pic.twitter.com/yCdouucH7G
— رومانا (@RomanaRaza) September 8, 2021
— ಹೇಮಂತ್ ಒಡೆಯರ್ (@HemanthwadiyarC) September 8, 2021
— Godman Chikna (@Madan_Chikna) September 8, 2021
After announced MS Dhoni will be as Mentor of Team India in T20WC
— Dhruvil Gajjar (@meggi_07) September 8, 2021
Haters :- Dhoni’s career is fully over
Meanwhile Dhoni -: pic.twitter.com/9siky5prXs
— Diptesh Soni (@DipteshSoni2) September 9, 2021
MSDians after seeing Mahi in Indian dressing room again pic.twitter.com/tkzty6ilrw
— Science wala ladka (@sciencewalaldka) September 9, 2021
Kohli and dhoni in upcoming T20 world cup. pic.twitter.com/4VqpspL9Wf
— Mask (@lolwa_op) September 8, 2021
The T20 World Cup will take place in UAE and Oman at 4 venues — Muscat, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Sharjah.
The tournament is scheduled to begin on October 17 with the qualifying rounds. India kick off their T20 World Cup campaign against Pakistan on October 24.