Virat Kohli‘s admiration for former India captain MS Dhoni is a secret to none. Their camaraderie usually used to change into the speak of the city when Dhoni was part of the Indian crew. Kohli, who had made his worldwide debut below Dhoni’s captaincy in 2008, then went on to steer Group India. Dhoni handed over his Take a look at captaincy to Kohli in 2014, after having determined to retire from the longest format of the sport. Nevertheless, former India fielding coach R Sridhar has recalled how Kohli was fairly desperate to change into the white-ball captain as properly.
“There was a time in 2016 when Virat was very desperate to be the captain of the white-ball crew too. He mentioned a couple of issues that confirmed he was in search of the captaincy,” Sridhar revealed the element in his new ebook, ‘Teaching Past- My days with the Indian cricket crew’, which is written by R Kaushik.
Sridhar additionally revealed how the then India head coach Ravi Shastri intervened into the matter, and instructed Kohli to attend for Dhoni at hand him the white-ball mantle.
“One night, Ravi referred to as him and mentioned, ‘Look, Virat, MS gave it (the captaincy) to you in red-ball cricket. You must respect him. He’ll give it to you in limited-overs cricket, too, when the time is correct. Until you respect him now, tomorrow when you’re the captain, you will not get the respect out of your crew. Respect him now, regardless of what’s going on. It would come to you, you do not have to run behind it’,” he added.
Notably, Kohli grew to become India’s all-format captain in 2017. Not solely did Dhoni handed him the mantle, but in addition performed below Kohli’s captaincy for a couple of years.
Dhoni finally introduced his retirement from worldwide cricket on August 15, 2020.
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