Virat Kohli wanted MS Dhoni’s ODI and T20 captaincy in 2016, reveals former fielding coach R Sridhar

MS Dhoni’s white ball captaincy: Virat Kohli has been a fan of former Team India captain MS Dhoni. This thing is not hidden from anyone. Virat once said that MS Dhoni will always be his captain. The mutual love between the two players often became a topic of discussion. Virat made his Test debut in the year 2008 under the captaincy of Dhoni. MS Dhoni made a plan of retirement from Test cricket in the year 2014 and handed over the captaincy to Virat. At the same time, R Sridhar, the former fielding coach of the Indian cricket team, has revealed that Virat Kohli wanted to take over the ODI and T20 captaincy from MS Dhoni in the year 2016.

Sridhar’s big disclosure

Revealing in his new book ‘Coaching Beyond – My Days with the Indian Cricket Team’, former Team India coach R Sridhar wrote, in the year 2016, a time came when Virat Kohli wanted to become the captain of Team India in ODIs and T20s as well. were looking forward to. According to Sridhar, how then the head coach of the team, Ravi Shastri, intervened in this matter.

Sridhar writes, one evening Ravi Shastri called Kohli and said, ‘Look, Virat, MS had handed over the captaincy of Test cricket to you. For this you have to respect them. When the time is right, he will give you a chance in limited overs cricket as well. If you don’t respect him now, tomorrow when you are the captain, you will not get respect from your team. Respect them no matter what is going on. Captaincy will come to you, you don’t have to run after captaincy.

Kohli became the captain of all three formats in 2017

Eventually Ravi Shastri’s words proved to be true. In the year 2017, Virat Kohli became the captain of all three formats of the Indian cricket team. During this, Dhoni not only handed over the captaincy to him but also played a few years under Virat’s captaincy. Mahendra Singh Dhoni retired from international cricket on 15 August 2020.

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