‘When I left Test captaincy, only MS Dhoni messaged me’: Virat Kohli after India’s defeat to Pakistan

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Virat Kohli on MS Dhoni

Indian star Virat Kohli had a great time with the bat in the recently-concluded Super 4 match against Pakistan on Sunday at Asia Cup 2022. Though the Men in Blue lost the fixture by five wickets, but Kohli’s back-to-back half-century gave positive vibes to Indian management, especially considering the upcoming T20 World Cup in October.

After top-scoring for India, Kohli, who was addressing his first press conference since stepping down as India’s captain from all formats, dropped a bombshell claiming no one, apart from former captain MS Dhoni, messaged him after he quit Test leadership.

“Let me tell you one thing: when I left Test captaincy, I got a message from only one person with whom I had played previously; that was MS Dhoni. Many people have my number. On TV, people give lots of suggestions, people have a lot to say. But none of the people who had my number sent me a message,” said Kohli.

“That respect [with Dhoni], that connection you have with someone, when it is genuine, it shows like this because there is no insecurity with either of us. Neither does he [Dhoni] need anything from me nor do I need anything from him. Neither of us suffers from insecurity. I can only say: if I want to say something to someone, I reach out to that person individually if I want to help,” he added.

After a long period of struggle for runs, Kohli is slowly and steadily rediscovering the mojo that made him a force to reckon with. At the ongoing Asia Cup, Kohli has found his lost form, scoring 35, 59* and 60 at an overall strike rate of 126.22.

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