As expected, Virat Kohli was elevated to the captaincy of the Indian limited-overs teams when the squads for the upcoming series of three One-Day Internationals and three Twenty20 Internationals against England were named on Friday.
Dhoni has been named as wicketkeeper in the squads for three one-dayers and three Twenty20 Internationals against England beginning on Jan. 15. The 35-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman relinquished the limited-overs captaincy on Wednesday after nine trophy-laden years, which included two World Cups and a Champions Trophy.
Having taken over the test captaincy from Dhoni in late 2014 and led the team to top the top of the ICC rankings, the 28-year-old Kohli was a natural choice to skipper the limited-overs squads.
On Saturday, the heartthrob of India and current captain of all formats for Indian cricket team, Virat Kohli expressed his inner feelings and paid rich tribute to Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
In a video posted on BCCI’s twitter, Virat Kohli said, “Obviously these are massive shoes to fill, there is no doubt about it. You think of MS Dhoni and the first word that comes to mind is ‘captain’. You don’t relate Dhoni in any other way.”
He added, “For me he is always going to be my captain because I started my career under him. He’s handing over the leadership to me. He’ll always be the person who guided me initially and gave me opportunities. He gave me ample space and ample time to grow as a cricketer. He also saved me from getting dropped from the team many times.”
Meanwhile, former Australian captain, Michael Clarke talked about this new incident and he thinks Dhoni will be fine under Kohli’s captaincy. He said, “I think he will be fine. These are things Dhoni would have thought about while making the decision. Again I think MS Dhoni has the right to keep playing till he wants too because he is good enough.”
Clarke added, “He can still score runs for India, he is a fantastic keeper. The good thing for India is that Kohli and Dhoni get on very well, their relationship is fantastic and it will be great for Indian cricket.”
Former Aussie captain also talked about the aggressive Kohli. He lastly said, “Virat is an absolute superstar as well and has done a tremendous job with the Test team. I loved playing against MS Dhoni, he is an absolute gentleman and I still feel he has got a lot to offer as a player. His leadership even without being the captain I feel will be very useful for India. I hope he continues to play, I still love watching him play.”