Present Indian captain Virat Kohli is amongst the many cricketers, who developed in stature under the leadership of MS Dhoni. One of the most successful skippers, MS Dhoni surprised the entire world on Saturday by calling time on his illustrious international career via an Instagram video. While Virat Kohli tweeted for the keeper-batsman, the 31-year old shared a video message for him too.
MS Dhoni brought curtains on his international career following 90 Tests, 350 ODIs, and 98 T20Is from 2004 to 2020. He captained the Test team from 2008 to 2014 and gave up the limited-overs leadership in 2016. Virat Kohli was the next in line, who Dhoni had groomed well enough to take over the responsibilities. The 39-year old’s final game was against New Zealand in the 2019 World Cup semi-final, which India lost despite Dhoni’s best efforts.
BCCI’s official Twitter handle shared the heartwarming video, saying they share a great friendship and bond since they always played for the same goals, which was to make the team win. The Delhi batsman thanked MS Dhoni for showing the faith in him and termed him as his captain forever.
Below is Virat Kohli’s message for the former Indian skipper:
"I've always said this and I will say it again, you will always be my Captain," #TeamIndia Skipper @imVkohli pays his tribute to @msdhoni who announced his retirement from international cricket at 1929 hours yesterday.#ThankYouMSD pic.twitter.com/U6uWlow4lB
— BCCI (@BCCI) August 16, 2020
Meanwhile, MS Dhoni is gearing up for the Indian Premier League (IPL) set to take place in the UAE. India could not host the tournament beginning on the 19th of September due to the grim situation caused by the COVID-19 outbreak. Likely, the three-time champions, captained by the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) will take on the defending and four-time title winners Mumbai Indians.