MS Dhoni has been the face of modern Indian Cricket for more than a decade now. Famously known as ‘Captain Cool’, he not only won India all ICC trophies but also nurtured and groomed youngsters for many such trophies in near future. Current Indian team captain ‘Virat Kohli’ is also one of the beneficiaries, who started his career, became successful and then succeeded and graduated under Dhoni.
Ever since making his debut for team India, Virat Kohli has been the standout performer most of the times for team India. He along with Dhoni and Rohit has carried forward the batting legacy that was left behind by the likes of Tendulkar, Ganguly, Dravid, Sehwag and Laxman.
Like their predecessors, he has scored runs all across the globe in different conditions. He has been utterly dominant in Asian conditions and has succeeded in bouncy and seaming conditions of Australia and South Africa. But the swinging conditions of England has troubled him too.
Who can forget his first tour of England in 2014, when he failed miserably in the five Test–match series. After accumulating only 134 runs across five Tests at 13.40, he looked miserable in ODIs also. But with Dhoni supporting him unconditionally, Virat found his touch in a home series against West Indies.
Denesh Ramdin, then WI wicket-keeper recalled the series that helped Virat gain his confidence back. He also recalled Dhoni’s role in helping out Virat of that lean patch.“I remember one instance when Virat (Kohli) wasn’t getting any runs, he just came off an England series. We were there for a one-day series and we got Virat out once or two cheaply. He (Dhoni) didn’t drop him. He said look, rather than bat at number three, I’m going to put you at four or five. In one game, he (Kohli) came in at number four or five and scored a century (half century, actually) and that was it. He was back to his normal self,” the Trinidad-born cricketer said as quoted by Hindustan Times.
Ramdin also praised the way Dhoni used to handle players and things and asserted that a player must be backed unconditionally during his lean patch. “Sometimes, understanding your players, not discarding them is important. Other teams might have gotten rid of their players, he still backed Virat. I think he’s (Kohli) going to be one of the best batsmen who’s ever played the game. His passion as well for the game and you have to give Dhoni a lot of credit,” Ramdin added.