Not many would have expected a smooth sailing for Virat Kohli when he replaced MS Dhoni as the captain of the team across formats. Dhoni is the most decorated skipper in the history of Indian cricket and Kohli had very large shoes to fill in. But fast forward to 2019 and Kohli has perhaps exceeded all the expectations. India are number one in Tests for more than two years now and are currently number 2 in ODIs.
India have been one of the most dominating teams across formats in recent times. Earlier this year, Virat Kohli led India to the first-ever Test series win in Australia as well as first-ever ODI series over the same opponents in their own backyard. India also won an ODI series in New Zealand and are now gearing up for the forthcoming World Cup. The Men in Blue are one of the firm favourites to win the mega-event in England.
One of the reasons behind Kohli’s seamless transition into captaincy is the fine rapport he shares with his illustrious predecessor Dhoni. Time and again, we have seen Kohli walking upto Dhoni for tips and suggestions during the games. And now head coach Ravi Shastri has opened up on the relationship between Kohli and Dhoni.
The former India allrounder heaped praise on Dhoni and Kohli, claiming that the commitment they have to each other is “tremendous”.
“I was never ever in doubt about the two of them having the kind of respect they have for each other, wanting to do a good job for each other because in the first phase of my job MS was the captain, the next half Virat. And I can see the commitment both have for each other — its tremendous,” Ravi Shastri told CricketNext.
Shastri further said that everyone in the team is aware of Dhoni’s achievements and they learn a lot from the former India skipper.
“Everyone knows and they know what he (Dhoni) has achieved in the game, the stature that he has and then to see the poise and to see the humility. You know his sheer presence — the composure he brings when he is out there batting or even during (wicket) keeping is something you have just got to watch and learn and try and emulate it,” he said.