Indian team captain Virat Kohli is often criticised for his high-end theories while leading the squad. Kohli often handles the nitty-gritty of the limited-overs with zest and zeal. However, the young captain doesn’t forget when to take a step back and retrace his way uphill. More than often, on the field, the ‘Mahi way’ saves the day for him.
Though an emotional man he is, the skipper doesn’t shy away from approaching the former captain in the pitch. Mahendra Singh Dhoni is his yes-man in times of crucial decision-making.
Kohli, understanding his throwing arm and agility opts to field closer to the boundary line. This makes his interaction with the active bowlers intermittent. But, ‘Mahi has his back’, here.
Popularly, captains fields within the 30-yard circle. This gives the skipper the advantage of firing instructions to alter filed setting or any other change, then and there.
Even after Kohli took up captaincy in 2017, one awe-inspiring visual every cricket fan notices when the men-in-blue are out to field is Dhoni taking charge when he deems it right. He often walks up to the bowler or shouts suggestions or even changes the field within the first 25 overs.
“I was always someone who kept talking to him about the game so even when I was really young before I was made vice-captain, I would give him my suggestions,” Kohli speaks about his initial days.
Earlier during Dhoni’s captaincy, the former skipper often approached the master-blaster Sachin Tendulkar in his initial years.
Speaking at a media conclave, the legendary batsman, Sunil Gavaskar said, “I think the best thing for Virat Kohli is that he is got MS Dhoni as a keeper. You can see whenever he is in the deep, MS Dhoni helps him with the field, talks to the bowlers in crucial situations.”
The mutual respect showcased by both Kohli and Dhoni always helps the team as a whole, he added.
Meanwhile, the tearaway fast bowler, Mohammed Siraj opined, “Kohli and (MS) Dhoni provided useful tips in the practice sessions there like how to bowl in different situations, which areas to bowl and what type of yorkers to bowl.”
“They (Kohli and Dhoni) spent time with all bowlers individually. Coaches (Bharat) Arun and Ravi (Shastri) sir’s inputs were also very good. They told me to bowl in the nets as I would bowl in match conditions and that helped me get a lot of focus. They instructed me not to try experiment too much, just bowl back of a length as much as possible,” the RCB player.
Kohli-Dhoni dynamics springs from the latter’s ability to deal with crucial situations with the bat. Currently, Dhoni acts as a middle-order stabilizer. He has taken up the responsibility of steering the youngsters to victory instead of being the finisher.
With his unique style of captaincy, Kohli has often displayed an impressive amount of flexibility. As World Cup closes in, both India and the world has glued their eyes to the screen to witness the marvels of Kohli-Dhoni duo in the field