ICC World Cup 2019: MS Dhoni is Among the Smartest Guys in the Game, Says Virat Kohli
The senior-most players in the Indian set-up are – MS Dhoni and skipper Virat Kohli. Kohli has often praised Dhoni for his resilience and his unconditional support on and off-the-field. With World Cup less than two weeks away, the Men in Blue are gearing up for the summer challenge in the United Kindom.
Meanwhile, India will begin their ODI showpiece with the all-important game against South Africa on June 5 at Southampton.
Evidently, the former captain and wicketkeeper-batsman Dhoni have been a helping held for Kohli in the testing times. And this time it would be not new if the Ranchi star would suggest a change or so in the field setting despite Rohit Sharma serving as Kohli’s deputy.
Dhoni’s experience speaks volumes who also have bagged all three coveted titles at the ICC event.
Over and over again, Dhoni appearance in the team has augured well which further saw him being a cornerstone when it comes to donning the gloves. The 37-year-old has been instrumental in the run-chases which also made things easier for Team India.
MS Dhoni smartest in the game, feels Virat Kohli
Kohli reiterated that Dhoni has had been an invaluable asset behind the wickets. He added it allows him to do his job judiciously and thus Kohli wears heart on his sleeve.
“The fact is that MS Dhoni is among the smartest guys in the game. Behind the stumps, he’s priceless. It gives me the freedom to do my thing. Someone like MS is around with a wealth of experience,” Kohli told ToI.
Besides, when it comes to the tactical side of the game, Dhoni has made his presence felt. But, of late, he has been targeted for his go-slow approach in the day-long format. However, more often than not Dhoni has stepped up to answer his critic with the bat.
While backing his former leader, Kohli believes people have become more impatient towards Dhoni.
“Honestly, I think people lack patience. An odd day here, a poor one there, and chatter becomes endless,” added Kohli.
MS Dhoni plays for the team’s cause: Virat Kohli
Dhoni might be past his age, but his reflexes are not there to slow down. Kohli, who have seen Dhoni at close quarters, believes Dhoni knows his job quite well, and he prefers country over anything else.
“My career started under him and few have seen him from so close over the last few years as I have. There’s one thing about MS that’s far more important than anything else – and there’s a lot to him – for him, the team is always above everything else,” Kohli maintained.
While stressing on Dhoni’s glovework, Kohli terms the dismissals behind stumps game-changing in the recently-concluded IPL 2019. He added Dhoni has set focus on a team’s cause under any of the circumstances. He said Dhoni introduction in the team adds to the wealth of experience.
“It’s always about the team, no matter what. To top it, look at the experience he brings to the squad and we’re richer with it. Some of his dismissals behind the stumps, just recently too (in IPL 2019), were match-changing,” Kohli inferred.
Well, Kohli is set to lead India for the first time at the World Cup as the multi-nation tournament will commence from May 30 in London.
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