Earlier this year, Mahendra Singh Dhoni stepped down as India’s limited-overs skipper, handing the reigns of the team to Test skipper Virat Kohli. But despite resigning from his post, the World Cup-winning skipper has been in thick of action while chalking out strategies on the field. From DRS calls to field placement and bowling changes, Kohli has been seen taking Dhoni’s inputs on several occasions and they have really made a difference. Who can forget Dhoni’s suggestion of giving the ball to Kedar Jadhav when the Bangladeshi batsmen were making life difficult for India in the Champions Trophy semi final last month.
“I won’t take the whole credit for this bowling change as I asked MS (Dhoni) as well and we both decided that Kedar is a good option at the moment and he bowled really well,” Kohli had said after the win.
Ajinkya Rahane has said the team is lucky to have Dhoni. The wicketkeeper-batsman is going through a rough phase with the bat for quite some time now but Rahane insisted Dhoni’s presence has made the task easier for newly-appointed captain Kohli.
“It’s great to have MS Dhoni around. We are all lucky to have him. It becomes easier for Virat with him around. Many times Virat went and asked him opinions and he comes up with great ideas. It’s good to see both of them working together,” said Rahane in an interview to India Today.
Rahane further revealed how Kohli’s support helped him to do well in the ODI series against West Indies. The right-handed batsman did not get a chance to play a single game in the Champions Trophy but made the most of the opportunity that arrived his way in West Indies when he was asked to open in all the five matches. The 29-year-old finished the series as its highest scorer, amassing 336 runs at an average of over 67 with the help of three half-centuries and one century.
“Virat told me in West Indies to back myself and not to take the pressure. He told me you are the best and know how to handle the situation. When the captain asks you to bat with freedom and says I am backing you and the team is with you, what more do you want,” the Mumbai star said.