You will always remain my captain MS Dhoni says Virat Kohli
Updated - Jan 6, 2017 6:08 am
He likes to go about his business without much fuss; on or off the field. He keeps his emotions to himself but when MS Dhoni decided to step down as India’s limited-overs captain not only were the fans surprised every cricketer who has played under him was moved. They weren’t expecting this; they all wanted him to continue forever. But the man wanted to pass the baton to Virat Kohli who has done so well in Tests.
In the time he spent off the field with the Jharkhand team, training and mentoring them while Team India tormented England in Tests he must have noticed his odd of being at his best for the World Cup 2019 being a 37-year-old and captaining the team weren’t as high as he would have liked them to be. Even those who wanted him to hand over the captaincy to Virat definitely thought he would lead at least until the Champions Trophy.
But he wanted to give his successor a chance to get the experience required to handle things in the mega event and so the timing couldn’t have been better. The soon to be Indian skipper across all the formats Virat also tweeted to Dhoni and called him the leader a youngster wants to have around. He also said no matter who is officially captaining the team in the future games you will always be my captain.
He wrote – “Thanks for always being the leader a youngster wants to have around him. You’ll always be my captain @msdhoni Bhai”
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
With Dhoni just deciding to step down as captain and keeping himself available for selection Virat will have a legend around him to see through his transition as the skipper of the limited-overs team as well. This goes perfectly with what MS Dhoni has been intending to do in the last year or so – pass on his knowledge, experience to the youngsters and ensure a team for the future is set to take Indian cricket to newer heights.