Virat Kohli Reveals How MS Dhoni Helps Him in His Captaincy

India captain Virat Kohli started his international cricket career under the leadership of former India captain MS Dhoni before taking over the captaincy of the Indian team. Dhoni announced his retirement from Tests in 2014 and Kohli took over the Test captaincy after that. However, in January 2017, he took over the captaincy of the limited-overs. Virat Kohli also shared that MS Dhoni’s observation of how he developed as a captain over the years in his career and also helped him as well.

“Becoming captain was not even in my wildest dreams,” Kohli shared in an Instagram live video chat with his India teammate Ravichandran Ashwin on ‘Reminisce with Ash’. “I was always in MS’s ears. He would deny a lot of things but discuss a lot also. I think he got a lot of confidence in me and a large part of me becoming captain has to do with him observing me over a long period of time.”

He further added, “It can’t be that he goes to the selectors and just says, ‘Make this guy captain.’ He has to take responsibility to identify the person and then slowly see how the guy develops. I think he played a big role in that and that trust you have to build over the course of eight or nine years.”

However, under the leadership of Virat Kohli, India have enjoyed fair success across formats as well. He also revealed which knock played the “game-changer” for him and memorable as well. It was way back in Asia Cup 2012 where Virat Kohli smashed a swashbuckling 183 against Pakistan in a group stage match and helped India chasing 330.

“Their bowling attack was quite potent. At the time they were a really challenging bowling attack because of the variations,” Kohli said in the chat.

He said that there was (Shahid) Afridi, Saeed Ajmal, Umar Gul, Aizaz Cheema and Hafeez as well and for the first 20-25 overs the conditions were not in favour of India. He also shared why the match was memorable for him as he was happy batting with Sachin Tendulkar. It was his last ODI innings and he scored a 50 there and they had a 100-run partnership as well.

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