It was an early start to the year when Indian team, who had a rest of almost a month, was preparing for the limited over series against England before Mahendra Singh Dhoni, on January 4, dropped a bombshell by relinquishing the captaincy of Indian cricket team. Virat Kohli was the obvious successor to him.
No one had an idea that the Visakhapatnam ODI was the last time when MS Dhoni was leading the side. Jayant Yadav, the debutant in that game, though had fulfilled his dream of playing under the most successful captain, though only once.
For the next two and a half months, MS Dhoni was free, a time which he utilised by spending his days with his state side Jharkhand. Meanwhile, Virat Kohli was leading India in the Test series against England. After a scare in the first Test at Rajkot, team India made a strong comeback by defeating England in the second Test.
Ahead of the start of the third Test, a good news came for Parthiv Patel as Wriddhiman Saha got injured and he was called in to replace the regular Indian wicket-keeper batsman. Mohali Test was indeed a bag full of surprises for Indian players as apart from Parthiv, there was one more player who got an unexpected good news. It was none other than Virat Kohli. The Test skipper was informed about being appointed being captain as skipper in all the formats of the game during Mohali Test, a fact which Virat Kohli himself revealed,
“I was in Mohali and there was a Test series going on. I was with Anushka then, she had come to visit me. Surprisingly, when I was made Test Captain, then also she was in Melbourne with me. That was a very special moment we shared together. During the Mohali incident, they had spoken to me already. When I hung up the phone and told her, for me it was like a flashback. From the moment I started playing in my academy until the Mohali game. I was emotional, I was in tears because I had never thought that I will see this day. What was more beautiful was that I was able to share it with Anushka. It was something that I will always remember,” Kohli revealed in a chat with Star Sports.
This clearly means that Dhoni had already conveyed his decision of quitting from the post in the month of November, which was made public only when a few days before the start of the limited-overs series against England. Dhoni was under immense pressure as India had suffered a string of series losses, with one coming against Bangladesh in 2015. Finally, the most successful skipper decided to call it quits to hand the captaincy to Virat Kohli and let him make his own squad for the 2019 World Cup. Dhoni had already retired from Test cricket in 2014.