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Virat Kohli reveals how people tried to destroy his friendship with MS Dhoni

Virat Kohli admits he’s lucky to have MS Dhoni around during his initial years of captaincy and has said that there have been times when people have tried to create a wedge in his friendship with the former Indian skipper.

india vs new zealand 2017 Updated: Nov 06, 2017 08:57 IST
Bihan Sengupta
Bihan Sengupta
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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Virat Kohli has talked in detail about how in the past, there were attempts to destroy his friendship with MS Dhoni.(AFP)

Virat Kohli has proven to be an able successor to Mahendra Singh Dhoni as the Indian cricket team continue to enjoy a remarkable run across all formats. Kohli, who took charge of the Indian cricket team a little over a year ago, has enjoyed a great rapport with Dhoni.

However, in a recent interview, Kohli revealed about how people tried to destroy his friendship with Dhoni and clarified that it has been his understanding with Dhoni that has helped the transition come through in a successful manner.

Speaking to Gaurav Kapur in the show Breakfast with Champions, Virat Kohli stated that despite talks over possible rifts between the two after the change in captaincy, nothing ever affected their understanding out in the middle. “Our friendship has grown over the years immensely,” he said.

“There have been times when people tried to poke controversies in between but neither does he read any of those things and neither do I. Hence, when we go out together, people can see us gelling well and there’s nothing between us.”

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The skipper further added that Dhoni, also known as ‘Captain Cool’ for his ice-cool approach in tense situations during matches, isn’t all that serious as he seems on field and has a laugh or two even during the matches.

Lauding the understanding with his senior pro, Kohli said: “MS and I have a great understanding. For example, if we’re running between the wickets and he says two, I simply close my eyes and run. Because I’m so sure of his judgment, I know that I’ll make it.”

I don’t think I’ve come across a better cricketing brain just in terms of planning; knowing what’s happening in the game and can be done… Sometimes I like to follow my own instinct as well but if I ask him something eight or nine times out of 10, he tells you things that always work. So it’s a blessing to have him.”

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“The transition went pretty well. No one felt there’s a problem. Even on the field no one realized that there has been a transition.

“We still crack jokes and have a good laugh in between just like we did before. So, I feel really lucky that he’s still around during my initial years of captaincy and I’m still learning things from him.”

First Published: Nov 04, 2017 17:31 IST