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‘When I left Test captaincy, only MS Dhoni messaged me’: Virat Kohli

Kohli shared an intimate detail of his Test captaincy resignation, featuring former India skipper MS Dhoni.

Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni, Dhoni and Kohli, Kohli on Dhoni, Team India, India vs Pakistan, Asia Cup, Indian Express Sports NewsKohli and Dhoni during the India-Sri Lanka ODI series in 2017. (Photo: PTI)

“When I left Test captaincy I got message only from MS Dhoni and nobody else,” Virat Kohli has said. “Lot of people have my number but only he had called. There are some connections with are genuine and it has some security. If you want to give me suggestions, give me one-on-one.”

Virat Kohli has never shied away from showing his appreciation of his former India MS Dhoni whether it is tweeting near midnight about his IPL innings or an even random Instagram post going into a big tournament.

And now, the 33-year-old who resigned from his role of India’s Test captain earlier this year has told that Dhoni has also been the one to reach out to him even during his most difficult days.

Speaking in the press conference after India’s defeat to Pakistan in the Asia Cup Super 4 stage, Kohli shared how Dhoni was the only one to reach out to him when he announced his Test captaincy resignation.

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Dhoni and Kohli had shared a visibly comfortable equation even after the latter took over the leader’s mantle and both spoke highly of each other.

“When you respect for someone and that’s genuine, then it looks like that because there is a sense of security on both sides. Neither does he need anything from me or nor do i need anything from him. I was never insecure of him, and neither was he,” Kohli added.

Kohli on former cricketers

Virat Kohli, who was going through a lean patch before the Asia Cup and took a brief break from international cricket, says the tough phase also helped him to see through the people.

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“Somehow, I live my life honestly, and I can see through these things. When you play this long with honesty, the almighty reward you. As long as I am worthy of playing, I’ll play this way,” he said.

On former cricketers and experts sharing their opinion on his form, the former India captain said: “I just want to say this, if I have to tell someone about their game, I reach out individually. Even if I have to help someone, I do it personally.

“If you are giving a suggestion in front of the entire world, it doesn’t value a lot to me. You can talk to me one-on-one if you have to suggest something to me. You genuinely then want me to do well. I lead my life with a lot of honesty.

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“I am not saying that it doesn’t matter to me. Till the time I play, I would play my game honestly,” he added.

Kohli on Babar Azam

“Babar is a very nice guy. He is much junior to me, so kinship I am not sure of (smiles). but there is respect. He is always keen to learn. Spoke after 2019 world cup. He is obviously a very talented player, there is no surprise he is playing like this in all formats of the game. Not just him. Others too. They have been all very sweet. Both teams get along well. Very competitive team but very respectful,” he said.

Kohli on Arshdeep

Virat Kohli came out in support of young Arshdeep Singh, who dropped a crucial catch in the 18th over of the match.

“Even when I played my first game against Pakistan in Champions Trophy, I played a bad shot and got out. I was staring at the ceiling till 5 am. I thought my career is over. Anyone can make mistakes under pressure,” said Kohli.

“The team environment is great right now, credit for this goes to management and captain. So one must accept his mistake, address it and look forward to being in that pressure situation once again,” he added.

Kohli on Nawaz

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Kohli admitted that Mohammad Nawaz’s innings off 20-balls 42 runs was a turning point in the game.

“A chance was taken by sending him up the order. To play such impactful innings is good. Had his innings been restricted to just 15-20 runs, things could have been different,” he said.

First published on: 05-09-2022 at 12:23:34 am
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