Very few captains back their players up to this extent: Sourav Ganguly on Virat Kohli’s faith in MS Dhoni
"I admire Kohli for not abandoning Dhoni in the last 15-16 months," Ganguly said.
Updated - Jan 20, 2019 2:00 pm
Former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly recently heaped praises on the way the current Indian captain Virat Kohli has been marshalling his troops. Ganguly had a special mention for Kohli’s natural instincts and ability to back his players when they are under fire. The remarks have come in at a time when MS Dhoni recently guided Team India to their first ever bilateral ODI series win on Australian soil.
Prior to the commencement of the series, the veteran wicketkeeper-batsman was at the firing range of the critics. His lacklustre performances in 2018 had started the calling for replacements ahead of the ICC World Cup 2019. But Dhoni managed to silence all his critics with three consecutive fifties in the recently concluded fixtures.
All of this would have certainly not been possible for Dhoni, had skipper Kohli not shown immense faith in his ability and what he brings to the table. This is the very point that Ganguly highlighted. The former Indian captain under whom Dhoni made his debut noted how Kohli has stood by the senior player every time the latter has come under the scanner.
“Both players have played a lot of matches for India with Dhoni currently being the seniormost member of the side. Most of all, what has been notified about the relationship is that Kohli has stood by his ex-captain’s side even when he has been under fire for the past year or so. He has time and again stressed that Dhoni is a big player and one of the strengths of his team,” said Ganguly on IndiaTV’s show ‘Aaj ki Baat’.
Kohli has not abandoned Dhoni
Commenting further on the same note, Dada added that there could have been other leaders who would have perhaps abandoned players in such situations. But Kohli showed his maturity by standing by his senior cricketer. MS Dhoni certainly adds a lot of value to the team, not only as a player but also as a part of the leadership group and the team management.
“Very few captains back their players up to this extent. I admire Kohli for not abandoning Dhoni in the last 15-16 months. This is what makes a great team. No team can become great unless there is mutual respect and camaraderie between the big players,” the former Indian skipper quoted.