You’ll Always Be My Captain Mahi Bhai – Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli has given his first reaction to Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s decision to resign as the captain of Indian team. In a tweet to Dhoni, Virat praised the former Indian skipper and thanked him for being around him. He also added that Mahi bhai will always be the captain of his team. Here is the tweet of Virat Kohli –
Thanks for always being the leader a youngster wants to have around him. You’ll always be my captain @msdhoni Bhai ??
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) January 6, 2017
Virat Kohli has always played under the leadership of M.S. Dhoni. In all the formats of the game, Kohli made his debut under Dhoni.
Dhoni was the one who preferred Kohli over his favourite player Suresh Raina in the first games of the World Cup 2011 and Kohli repaid the faith by scoring a century. From then, he became the favourite of Dhoni and within a matter of one year, he was made the vice-captain of Indian cricket team replacing Virender Sehwag.
As a deputy to M.S. Dhoni, Kohli did quite well. It was the first time against Zimbabwe when Kohli led the Indian team for a complete series and trumped the home team by a margin of 5-0. In 2014, during the home series against Sri Lanka, Virat Kohli-led Indian team whitewashed the by visitors 5-0.
Soon, the pressure mounted on M.S. Dhoni who hung his boots in the Test cricket in 2014, giving the charge to Virat Kohli. But he continued to be an active member of limited overs squad before finally relinquishing captaincy in order to allow Kohli to build his own team. This indicates that Dhoni has a feeling that he might not be the part of the team for the 2019 World Cup.
The Indian squad for the limited-overs series against England is to be announced on January 6 and Virat Kohli is all set to become the team’s new ODI and T20I captain. This will be the best chance for Virat Kohli to learn glean benefits from the presence of M.S. Dhoni in the squad before M.S. Dhoni calls off a day in limited overs format as well.
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