Ahead of India's first T20I against South Africa at Dharamsala, Indian skipper Virat Kohli revealed that the experience of former skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni was very valuable to the team. Earlier in the week, Virat Kohli's tribute to MS Dhoni from the World T20 in 2016 against Austalia fuelled speculations on social media of MS Dhoni's retirement. The skipper, as he addressed the media before the commencement of the series, said that he had learned a lesson about tweeting out his thoughts as the tweet was completely misinterpreted. Virat Kohli once again reiterated his belief in the former skipper and said that MS Dhoni had proved many critics wrong in the past and said that he thought for the Indian cricket.
The Indian skipper said that MS Dhoni thought about the game from the team's point of view and not individually. In addition to it, Virat Kohli revealed that MS Dhoni had a huge role to play in the grooming of the youngsters of the team. The Indian skipper said that the experience of the former captain was very essential for the team. The number one ranked batsman in the world has always looked up to 'Captain Cool' and considers the veteran an essential ingredient of the Men in Blue for the expert advice on the field, providing all his cricketing knowledge and experience to aid Kohli, saving the day for Team India and of course the Dhoni Review System (DRS). Even during times when MS Dhoni has been severely criticized for poor shows, Virat Kohli has always stood by him and has reaffirmed on multiple occasions that MS Dhoni had a huge experience and that he knew what he was doing.
"His (MS Dhoni) experience will always be important. He thinks for the team.He has groomed so many youngsters. As long as he is available to play he will be very valuable", said Virat Kohli.
The Indian skipper took to the micro-blogging website to share a picture of a moment of MS Dhoni and himself after India's successful run-chase against Australia in the World T20 semi-final The picture, etched forever in the hearts of the Indian fans, is that of Virat Kohli kneeling on the ground, exhausted as MS Dhoni scores the winning runs with a typical MSD finish, a boundary. Australia had set a target of 161 runs for the Men in Blue to chase in order to make it to the finals. Virat Kohli scored a magnificent knock of 82 runs to steer India home to victory. However, the run-chase went down the wire and it was none other than Captain Cool MS Dhoni who was there to finish the match off with Virat Kohli. Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni went on to put up a fifth-wicket partnership of 50 runs which came off 26 balls but it involved an incredible running between the field by both the batsman. MS Dhoni had pushed Virat Kohli at every possible moment to make a run or convert it into a double. As a result, at the end of the successful run-chase that saw India go on to the finals, Virat Kohli was kneeling on the ground, exhausted, as MS Dhoni hit the winning runs and watched on as the ball sailed to the boundary. 'A special night. A game to never forget. This man made me run like a fitness machine', wrote Virat Kohli on the micro-blogging website.