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‘The respect for Dhoni will always be there’

  • Published at 07:16 pm July 8th, 2019
Dhoni and Kohli
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Kohli informed he is delighted to play under Dhoni and to receive the captaincy baton from the legendary cricketer

Indian captain Virat Kohli said he is happy with the opportunity of playing along with Mahendra Singh Dhoni for so many years and said the contribution the former Indian captain has made for his country’s cricket have earned him outmost respect.

Dhoni has played 349 ODIs for India and scored 10,723 runs with an average of 50.58.  India won World Cup under his charismatic captaincy back in 2011. The stalwart of Indian cricket celebrated his 38th birthday in the ongoing week and in all likelihood the current World Cup is his last appearance in the gala tournament.  

“I'm sure everyone, if you asked them about Dhoni, they have special things to say. And especially for us who started our careers under him. For us that doesn't change. The respect will always be there because of the opportunities that he gave us and the faith that he showed in us and the way he's handled the whole team in transition over so many years,” Kohli said at Old Trafford on Monday.

“When a person has done so much for the team you have to appreciate and acknowledge what he's done for Indian cricket and how he's handled Indian cricket and taken the respect for Indian cricket so high all over the world,”

“From that point of view, we are all very grateful for what he's done for Indian cricket and for us. And he's always been in a very happy, jovial mood all the time whenever we see him and yesterday again was a very happy moment for him, for the whole team, to see a smile on his face and he's in a very comfortable, very happy space at the moment,” he added.

Dhoni has scored 223 runs in the ongoing tournament in seven innings with one half century.

Kohli informed he is delighted to play under Dhoni and to receive the captaincy baton from the legendary cricketer.

“From the respect point of view for MS, it's always going to be sky-high, especially in my eyes, because I know how difficult it can be to make a transition of captaining also, you know, within the same team, just playing as a player after being captain for so many years and still not being too assertive or too pushy in anything. He gives you space to make your own decisions and to actually discover yourself, so I think that's been his biggest quality,”

“At the same time, I go ask him anything, he's there giving me advice and he's never shying away from that. So yeah, he's been outstanding and I'm delighted that I have been able to play for so many years alongside him,’ said the Indian captain.