New Delhi, January 6: Virat Kohli, the run machine who is set to take the captaincy of Indian cricket team in all the formats of cricket firstly thanked MS Dhoni for being such good leader and said, “Mahendra Singh Dhoni will always be my captain.”
Virat Kohli tweeted two days after captain cool MS Dhoni stepped down as captain from all formats of the game, India’s Test skipper Virat Kohli praised and thanked him. He said, “Thanks for always being the leader a youngster wants to have around him. You'll always be my captain msdhoni Bhai.
Interestingly, Virat Kohli made his Test and ODI debuts under the leadership of Mahendra Singh Dhoni and now Kohli became his successor. The tweet from Kohli praising Dhoni has gone viral and been retweeted over 7,600 times and been liked over 21,000 followers. Meanwhile, the BCCI has also paid tribute to Dhoni. The 2011 World Cup win has been the most defining moment in Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s career.
MS Dhoni on 4th January 2016 announced his decision to quit as a captain of Team India's limited over cricket matches. But however, he will be available for selection for the ODI and T20 England series starting 15th January.
MS Dhoni mainly knew as a hard hitter of a cricket ball and as an aggressive batsman, with the latter making him an automatic choice in limited overs squads, Dhoni was first put in charge of India's 20-over team which won the inaugural World Twenty20 in South Africa in 2007. He soon became India’s one-day captain and in 2011 he sealed India's 50-over World Cup victory with a six at Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium to register his name permanently in into the country's cricket history.
Since his international debut in a one-dayer against Bangladesh in 2004, Dhoni has become a household name in India and inspired a Bollywood biopic in 2016. Dhoni's exit as captain, however, was considered just a matter of time. With Virat Kohli excelling as test captain, the pressure had been mounting on selectors to put the Delhi player in charge across all formats.
Since taking charge in 2007, Dhoni captained India in 199 one-dayers, winning 110 and losing 74. He also skippered India in 72 Twenty20 Internationals, with 41 wins and 28 losses. Dhoni not only holds the record for most matches as captain of an international side, with 331 games across all formats, but he is also the only captain to have won all three ICC trophies ODI World Cup, World Twenty20 and Champions Trophy.