It might’ve been hard to imagine anyone but MS Dhoni as the Captain of the Indian Cricket Team after two World Cup wins, Champions Trophy trophy and hitting the pinnacle of the Test rankings. But as they say, ‘All good things come to an end’, the ‘Captain Cool’ made way for an emerging superstar then, who he groomed to set up these laurels, Virat Kohli. This progression hasn’t been smoothest in Indian cricket with multiple cases of alleged rifts between the predecessor-successor, but that isn't the case with Dhoni and Kohli. The current Captain’s post terming ‘Mahi Bhai’ as his ‘friend’, ‘big brother’, and that he will always be his 'Captain’, on the latter’s 38th birthday was another testimony to this fact.
Sharing a snap of the two after a successful partnership in the 2017 series against Sri Lanka, Kohli wrote, “Happy birthday mahi bhai @mahi7781 . Very few people understand the meaning of trust and respect and I'm glad to have had the friendship I have with you for so many years. You've been a big brother to all of us and as I said before, you will always be my captain 🙂.”
The reason Kohli stated, “as I said before” is because it was just on Saturday that he had used the same words in a special video created by ICC to honour Dhoni ahead of his birthday.
In the video, the 30-year-old said, "What you see from the outside is very different from how things happen within a person. His greatest skill is to maintain his composure in the toughest of moments. That’s why he is good, that’s why he is able to make such good decisions under pressure. And he allows himself to get into that pace where he can take that important call. When I walked into the team, he was my Captain. He’s always going to be my Captain in my head.”
Over the years, Kohli has always backed Dhoni when the latte's retirement questions pop up. The World’s No 1-ranked batsman had even come out in the 38-year-old's defence when ex-cricketers had questioned his singles during India’s only loss against England in the World Cup.