There is no turning back the idea that MS Dhoni brings in class physical volume to the World Cup bound team, the same is reckoned by Indian captain Virat Kohli and the coach Ravi Shastri. Dhoni has an experience in handling the leadership of the entire team from behind the stumps and that is ideally instrumental in the side’s success.
In a recent interview, Kohli defended Dhoni from criticism and said that he plays an instrumental role in writing the success story of the team. His presence in the team is very important considering the nature of Kohli in being an aggressive captain for the team. “Honestly, I think people lack patience. An odd day here, a poor one there, and chatter becomes endless.But the fact is that MS Dhoni is among the smartest guys in the game. Behind the stumps, he’s priceless. It gives me the freedom to do my thing. Someone like MS is around with a wealth of experience,” said Kohli.
Dhoni’s focus on the team is very important for the Indian team
“My career started under him and few have seen him from so close over the last few years as I have. There’s one thing about MS that’s far more important than anything else and there’s a lot to him for him, the team is always above everything else. It’s always about the team, no matter what. To top it, look at the experience he brings to the squad and we’re richer with it. Some of his dismissals behind the stumps, just recently too (in IPL 2019), were match-changing,” said Kohli.
Dhoni and Rohit both play their respective role for the team says Kohli
“MS and Rohit, both. The way they’ve gone about with their respective roles – as captains (in the IPL) – speaks volumes of what they bring to the table,” he said. “MS in particular has a legacy. So, it augurs so well for this team to have both of them in a leadership role. That’s why, the team management decided to have a strategy pool in place which MS and Rohit are part of along with us,” said Kohli
He further said that with the World Cup coming, the Indian team coach, Ravi Shastri has put has best faith in the opening pair of the team, Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan.
“In the current scenario, Rohit and Shikhar don’t just make for the best opening combination that India can put forward, but they’re easily the best in the world right now,” he concluded.