Mahendra Singh Dhoni passed on the baton to Virat Kohli making him the captain in all three formats of cricket. Although he might have called it quits for captaincy but clearly, his inputs to the current leader, Virat Kohli are invaluable.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni influenced many cricketing careers and is still an inspiration to youngsters not only in India but around the world. Earlier, Virat Kohli paid great tribute to the wicketkeeper batsman’s tenure as skipper, saying he will always be Kohli’s captain.
Every now and then, we get to see Virat taking decisions from the Mr. Perfectionist Dhoni in every match. Even in the recent do-or-die match between India and South Africa, MSD helped him a lot by telling him some useful tricks to make it out big in the match. And finally, team India won by 8 wickets which could be done only with an all-round effort.
Now, coming to that precise help as mentioned by Kohli, it was during India’s bowling innings, when Kohli was seen interacting with wicketkeeper Dhoni. The skipper said in the post-match press conference,
“His input is obviously always very precise, very helpful at any stage of the game. As I said, even in the last game we discussed about the part-timers and he’s the one who mentioned it, and then I thought, yeah, why not. Let’s give bowlers a break. They probably might be feeling the pressure and the part-timers have nothing to lose, so that actually slowed the game down.”
He also said, “Today it was all about asking him whether to keep the slip in there long enough or what does he think of the fields and just taking assurance. Obviously, you don’t want to feel isolated out there. Yes, you’re making decisions, but the inputs from such experienced players are priceless at any stage of the day.
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Call it modesty, or anything else but one thing about Virat Kohli is that he is that ‘captain-cool’ who does not shy away from making a strategy along with the team as a whole. Also, as far as Dhoni’s inputs are concerned we can say, it’s easy to take Dhoni out of captaincy but the traits of a captain shall be there with him forever.
While Dhoni has recently termed Kohli as one of the best, Kohli has always spoken highly of Dhoni’s contribution towards Indian cricket and how he always looks to learn the tricks of captaincy from Dhoni.