Former India captain and current coach of India Under-19 sides and India A, Rahul Dravid firmly believes that MS Dhoni’s call to step down as the captain of ODI and T20 cricket will put him under more pressure. Speaking to ESPN Cricinfo, Dravid still feels that an in-form Dhoni is an invaluable asset to Virat Kohli, who will want Dhoni to flourish as a batsman.
Dhoni’s immense experience (no cricketer has captained more international games than him) will be a huge asset to Virat Kohli and Dravid opines that Kohli will want Dhoni to do well so he can take in all of his advice and experience.
“And I guess if you’re Virat Kohli, you’ll actually be hoping that MS Dhoni does really well and is able to hold on to his place. Because you would like that kind of experience performing well in the team. Just that knowledge would be priceless for Virat Kohli to have,” Rahul Dravid said.
Much like his Test retirement, Dhoni shocked everyone again as he stepped down his post as ODI and T20I captain while choosing to remain available for selection as a player. It was something that came as a shock to many since it looked as though his desire to play the game had not abated since he was mentoring Jharkhand in the Ranji Trophy semi-final in Nagpur.
Dravid also believes that Dhoni’s ability to perform under pressure is something that the Indian team will benefit from, as long as the 35-year-old wicketkeeper chooses to remain in the side. According to him, the transition from captain to player will not be as difficult for Dhoni since he was a player for a long time before taking over as a captain.
Now it remains to be seen whether Virat Kohli can prove himself as a captain as a great as Dhoni.
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