Kolkata: The Champions Trophy, to be held in three months' time, would decide the fate of India's most successful cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, his childhood coach Keshav Banerjee said here on Monday.
"At the moment, his sole focus is on the Champions Trophy. If he's successful there, I think he would go on till the World Cup 2019," Banerjee said at the launch of an under-14 cricket tournament.
One of the best finishers of the world, Dhoni still has a sharp brain despite the drop in success ratio, Banerjee felt.
Having surprised everyone by calling it quits from Tests Down Under in late 2014, Dhoni stepped down from limited overs captaincy in January.
"He never liked to be pushed so he called it quits before any one could point fingers at him in the Tests format," Banerjee said.
"He never kept anyone in the loop, even his best friend or parents did not know when he quit Tests."
Banerjee seemed unhappy with the way Dhoni was removed as skipper of Rising Pune Supergiants for the Indian Premier League season 10.
Banerjee's role in shaping up Dhoni's early days as a cricketer was well documented in the biopic 'MS Dhoni: The Untold Story'. A cricket coach at Dhoni's alma mater, Jawahar Vidya Mandir at Shyamali in Ranchi, Banerjee persuaded a then class VI football goalkeeper to become a wicketkeeper. The rest, as they say, is history.
"He was known by his punctuality, discipline and he's still the same, has not changed a bit," he said.
"I know they've big facility (National Cricket Academy) in Bengaluru but we must look after U-14 kids. They need to be nurtured properly. They need some recognition and motivation," he said at the announcement of the 10th edition of Yo Cup organised by Mainland-Sambaran Cricket Academy.