Virat Kohli on Saturday said that former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is very valuable to the team as long as he is available and the latter's retirement should not be of anybody else's opinion. Kohli was addressing a press conference in Dharamsala before the start of South Africa's tour of India. India and South Afric a will be playing Three T20Is, Tests and ODIs, beginning tomorrow.
Earlier this week, rumors on MS Dhoni's retirement picked upwind after Kohli posted a picture on Twitter as he remembered the win over Australia in 2016 at the World T20Is.In the post, Kohli said, "A game I can never forget. Special night. This man, made me run like in a fitness test". It was rumored that MS Dhoni was retiring and it was a Kohli's tribute on twitter for the former wicketkeeper captain.
Kohli was asked about his plans for the upcoming World T20 and how he thought of including the senior player and whether he fits in the plans of the team's future in terms of talent and tactics. In reply, Kohli said, "Look, the experience is always going to matter, whether you like it or not. Numerous number of times sportsmen have been given up on, but those sports stars have made a comeback and proved people wrong. MS Dhoni has done that many times in his career as well. So, one great thing about him is that he thinks for Indian cricket. and whatever we think, he's on the same page." Kohli also reiterated the fact that any sportsperson's decision to retire depends completely on the individual and nobody else should be having an opinion on the same. "when you decide to stop playing is absolutely an individual thing. and no one else should ever have an opinion on it. That's what I think and as long as he is available and continues to play he's always going to be very very valuable."
In the press conference, Kohli also mentioned that he had learned his lesson after his twitter post took a completely different direction. He said, "It's a lesson for me. The world does not think of me in the same way as I think of myself. I was just sitting at home and normally posted a picture. I did not remotely think that it would become news". Kohli also touched upon the 'gracious' gesture of the DDCA to unveil a stand after him, saying that he was initially shocked, considering that he is still playing and has a lot of cricket left in him, but is thankful nevertheless.