Would like to assist Virat: Dhoni

New Delhi: Mahendra Singh Dhoni, arguably the greatest Indian Cricket captain, said the team under the leadership of Virat Kohli would be able to win most of the games.

Addressing a media conference on Friday, Dhoni, who captained India A team the other day for the last time, said he would be sharing inputs with Virat who has been very close to him for many years. A cheerful and balanced Dhoni, as always, said he would like batting at number 4 position. “The wicketkeeper is generally treated as vice-captain since he is close to the wickets and can read the ball and bat more keenly than anybody else in the field, his advice is taken by every captain. I was both captain and the wicketkeeper which arrangement gave me the full view of the game. Virat has clarity to reject any advice,” the former captain said.

Dhoni opined that split captaincy does not work in India and one captain policy is always better. Virat was always ready to take over. A captain should know the strength of every player in the team and Virat is aware of the capabilities of his teammates, he said. “I adapted to the game as required by the team. I tried to finish the games rather than trying for a draw. ODI captaincy is easier than the Test captaincy,” commented Dhoni.  He said he had a great journey in which he has no regrets. There were ups and downs, but there are natural.

Dhoni who gave up captaincy when the going was good takes decisions basing on gut feeling or intuition. Like Vijay Merchant and Sunil Gavaskar, he called it a day as a captain of the Indian team when the observers of the game and his admirers thought he would lead in the limited-over version for at least one more year. He had proved his mettle as an all-rounder. He is number one wicketkeeper in the world today. He is also the best Indian captain who won world cup in one-days and T20s and also won the Champions Trophy of the ICC. Dhoni made India proud by having his team placed on the top of the table for some time as the best cricket team in the world. As a batsman, he established himself as an aggressive player who did well in all the formats. He holds the record of scoring the  highest runs in one-day game in which he hit 10 sixes and 15 fours.

Dhoni is called a cool merchant (Captain Cool!) who never lost his nerve or temper even when the team is in dire straits. He mastered the art of taking win or loss in his stride. He had a great journey as he said. It is so even in commercials. In 2013 he was rated as the 13th highest paid sportsperson in the world for branding. He married his childhood friend Sakshi and they have a child. A long-haired, well-built young man who stood before the Test wicket for the first time in 2004, had a fruitful career and made history for his country and for himself. Whatever exploits he is going to do as a wicket keeper-batsman henceforth would be a bonus.

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