It was the year of 2007 when a young Mahendra Singh Dhoni became the captain for the Indian cricket team. Following a decade of captaincy that landed India the 2007 World T20 win and the remarkable 2011 World Cup triumph, the role of captaincy slowly fell into the hands of Virat Kohli. While his predecessor is on a hiatus away from the squad, the iconic batsman speaks up about Dhoni’s contribution behind becoming the Men in Blue skipper.
Kohli has been captaining the Test squad since 2013, four years prior to the limited overs side. In a recent live session with teammate Ravichandran Ashwin on Instagram, the top order batsman credited Mahi on achieving the feat, as becoming the captain of India was something that kohli had never imagined, “not even in his wildest dreams”, as he spoke.
“I have always been inclined towards taking responsibility. After my debut for India, it was just about wanting to play, it was about being in the Indian XI all the time,” Kohli, who made his international debut in 2008, recalled his early days in the Indian squad.
“Then, with your intrigue in the game, you start talking to the captain regularly,” the 31 year old went on about his younger self’s discourse with Mahi, “I was always in MS’ ears, discussing different tactics,”
The interactions was the factor behind Dhoni investing faith in the young kohli to be his successor, as the latter continued, “I think he got a lot of confidence that I can do this after him.”
Kohli concluded by saying that the prolonged monitoring Dhoni had on him, worked in his favour for becoming the next captain of the team, acknowledging it as a factor.
“I think a large portion of me becoming captain was also to do with him observing me for a long time I think he played a big role in that,” he added.
Check out the full interview between Kohli and Ashwin here below-
Kohli has captained 89 ODIs and 55 Test matches, and has secured 62 and 33 wins in both formats respectively.