Virat Kohli has always had huge amount of respect for MS Dhoni and has always maintained a great friendship with him on and off the field over the years.
So it comes as no surprise that when Dhoni gave up the limited-overs captaincy in January this year, Kohli took over the reins and the transition from one captain to another happened seamlessly.
Kohli, in a recent chat show, spoke about his relationship with Dhoni and how it has grown over the years.
“Our friendship has grown over the years immensely. A lot of people try to spin a story, create a controversy, it doesn’t matter to us. We have no idea what’s been said in the papers because we don’t read it. We go out together, we know there’s nothing happening,” Kohli said on Gaurav Kapoor’s chat show Breakfast with Champions.
When asked by Kapoor on how it is to lead a side which has Dhoni in it, Kohli said that it is a blessing to have a player as experienced as MS in the side specially in the initial years of his captaincy.
“The transition went so well, him and I are very close. No one felt it on the field as well. Everything is going well, we’re all happy, our relationship’s been the same like it was before. So I feel really lucky that he’s still around in my initial years of captaincy and I’m still learning a lot from him.
Kohli also added that he turns to Dhoni whenever he feels the need to and 9 out of 10 times he gets back the right suggestions from the former skipper.
“I don’t think I’ve come across a better cricketing brain just in terms of planning and knowing what’s happening in the game and what can be done.
“Sometimes I like to follow my own instinct as well but whenever I ask him anything 8 or 9 out of 10 times he always tells you things that work. So it’s a blessing to have him,” the 29-year-old said.0