‘Fortunate to have a mind like that’ – Virat Kohli lauds MS Dhoni

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Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni
Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Kohli to India Today, he is fortunate to have Dhoni behind the stumps
  • Kohli said Dhoni understands the game from ball 1 to ball 300 on the field
  • He said It’s unfortunate to see so many people going after him

Prior to WC 2019, Indian skipper Virat Kohli has appeared in an exclusive interview with leading media channel India Today and expressed his happiness with the composition of the 15-strong Indian squad for the World Cup.

Virat Kohli also revealed the crucial role Dhoni plays in field placements and strategies and said as captain, he was fortunate to have “a mind like that” to rely on.

Giving a reply to question about what type of bonding does Kohli and Dhoni have and how crucial is that minor field adjustments from behind the stumps. He said “It’s not just minor adjustments, literally to have a person whose knows the game inside out and who understand from ball 1 to ball 300 what was going on the field.

“I won’t say it is a luxury to have him but I am fortunate to have a mind like that from behind the stumps. At the end of the day, I want to be involved in strategy with the team management with Mahi Bhai and Rohit (Sharma).”

In the death overs, I know that I know I have to be in the outfield to try and make something work for the team because that’s my nature that I want to do something for the team rather than just be there.

After 30-35 overs, he knows that I will be in the outfield and its on auto mode. It’s just about the field placements and bowling changes and we say you know the angles, you know the pace of the pitch and that’s why there are so much trust and respect between the two of us. It’s unfortunate to see so many people going after him.

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