West Indies wicket-keeper batsman Denesh Ramdin has recalled the time when MS Dhoni changed his tactics to help to struggle Virat Kohli regain his form. In the 2014 India tour of England, Virat Kohli was struggling to find form and had just managed to score 134 runs at an average of 13.40 in 5 games.
Denesh Ramdin recalls how MS Dhoni’s strategic change to help Kohli gain his form back magically worked. Recently, MS Dhoni shocked the world by announcing his retirement from international cricket on the 15th of August, after which tributes were showered by people across the world admiring his greatness. The cricketing world salutes MS Dhoni for the name he made for himself and his country at the biggest stage of the sport of cricket.
‘MS Dhoni’s Change In Tactics Helped Virat Kohli Regain Form’: Recalls Denesh Ramdin
Indian skipper Virat Kohli struggled in 2014 with his form which he regained through MS Dhoni’s tactical changes Denesh Ramdin has revealed. He said Dhoni’s ability to get the best out his players was again proven when he sent Kohli at different positions to bat which helped him in getting his runs back. Ramdin also praised Dhoni for his humble nature on and off the field.
“I remember one instance when Virat wasn’t getting any runs, he just came off an England series. We were there for a one-day series and we got Virat out once or two cheaply. He (Dhoni) didn’t drop him. He said look, rather than bat at number three, I’m going to put you at four or five. In one game, he (Kohli) came in at number four or five and scored a century (half century, actually) and that was it. He was back to his normal self”. Denesh Ramdin told in an interview to cricket.com
“Sometimes, understanding your players, not discarding them is important. Other teams might have gotten rid of their players, he still backed Virat. I think he’s (Kohli) going to be one of the best batsmen who’s ever played the game. His passion as well for the game and you have to give Dhoni a lot of credit.
Dhoni is a wonderful human being. He always said he wants to be remembered as a humble servant or a great human being and not for all the stuff he did on the cricket field. I think that is important, that says a lot about him,” he signed off.
The Legend of MS Dhoni
MSD has astonishing numbers for team India in 538 matches he has scored 17,266 runs, 16 centuries and 108 fifties. The former team India skipper had an early retirement from Test cricket back in 2014. He made 90 appearances in red-ball cricket to score 4876 runs.
Dhoni carried on playing the other two formats and handled the captaincy to Virat Kohli in 2017. With 10,733 runs, Dhoni is fifth in the list of India’s all-time run-scorers in ODI behind Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, Sourav Ganguly, and Rahul Dravid. MS Dhoni will be back in action in September leading CSK in the 13th edition of the IPL. The tournament starts on 19th of September and the final will be played on November 10.