Feud Between Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni? Ravi Shastri Responds
Clash of personalities is not very uncommon in a team sports especially when a player steps down as skipper and continues playing under another skipper. Unsurprisingly, there were rumours that not everything will be fine between MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli once the latter replaces the former as skipper. There is a big difference between Kohli and Dhoni as far as their personalities are concerned.
While Dhoni, known as captain cool, likes to stay calm and composed in all the situations, the ever-energetic Dhoni rarely shies away from showing his emotions. But so far, there has been no clash of personalities between the two. In fact, Kohli has time and again said that how important Dhoni is to the team. The current India skipper has been seen his predecessor on numerous occasions to seek help.
Dhoni, on his part, has never refrained from advising his successor. In the last couple of years, Dhoni has played a big role in Kohli’s transformation as a captain in limited-overs format. India head coach Ravi Shastri has now opened up on the relation between the two cricketing stalwarts.
While denying the rumours suggesting that Dhoni and Kohli’s different methods of captaining would clash, Shastri said both the players respect each other.
“Each one has his own style and each one is different. When you mention Virat and MS, yes, they are different, the way they play and the way they captain. MS was the senior man when Virat was coming through the ranks. Virat gave him the respect he deserved. Now MS is not the captain, Virat is, so MS does the same thing. The mutual respect for each other is massive and that’s all you want as coach,” Ravi Shastri told The Times of India.
He also opened up about his rapport with Kohli which reportedly played a big role in his appointment as the head coach.
“We are very similar in our mindset. We are both aggressive in our thinking, which leads on to how the team plays. The emphasis is on work ethics, where no one can drop their guard. Punctuality is the number one thing. If you are late, the bus will leave. But it doesn’t happen as these guys are very professional,” said Shastri.
India, nonetheless, would have realised MS Dhoni’s worth once again after struggling in the last two games against Australia. India failed to defend 358 in the fourth ODI and failed to chase down 273 in the fifth to lose the series 2-3. Dhoni’s experience and calm influence was surely missed as the hosts lost their first ODI series at home since 2015.
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