‘When I left Test Captaincy, only MS Dhoni messaged me’: Virat Kohli

There was much talk about Virat Kohli’s form for the Asian Cup, but a month off has done wonders for the former skipper as he is back in full form in the ongoing subcontinental tournament. In the three games so far, the right-handed batter has scored 154 runs, with the highest score being 60, which he took in Sunday’s Super 4 leg against Pakistan. Team India lost the match in a five-wicket thriller and will now face Sri Lanka at the same venue on Tuesday.

After the match, Kohli addressed a press conference where he revealed that only MS Dhoni texted him when he left the Test captain in January this year. He also sheds light on how he sees things and how suggestions are best when given in a 1-1 capacity rather than for the whole world.

“When I left Test captain, I only received a message from one person and I played with that person. That person is MS Dhoni, many people have my number and there are many people who give me suggestions. There was only MS Dhoni who messaged me, a lot of people have my number but they didn’t text me. When you have genuine respect and connection with someone, you can tell because there is security on both sides,” Kohli said during a post-match press conference.

“I don’t want anything from him and he doesn’t want anything from me. I was never insecure of him and he was never mine. I can just say that if I want to say something to someone I will personally contact / Even if you want to help If you want to give me a suggestion for the TV or the whole world it is of no value to me You can talk 1-1 I see things with the utmost honesty It’s not like I don’t care but you see things as they are,” he added.

Kohli had stepped down as captain of the T20 after the World Cup and then he was removed as the ODI skipper in the same year that selectors wanted the same captaincy for white-ball formats. Kohli then resigned as Test captain after a series defeat to South Africa.

Speaking of the game against Pakistan, Arshdeep Singh had dropped a crucial catch in the 18th over of the innings and this really proved to be a deciding factor.

Speaking about this moment, Kohli said: “Anyone can make a mistake, the situation was tight. I remember playing my first Champions Trophy and the match was against Pakistan, I had played a really bad shot. I looked up to the ceiling. 5 o’clock in the morning, but these things are natural. Senior players come around you, there is a good team environment now, I give credit to the captain and coach. The players learn from their mistakes.”

Speaking of Hardik Pandya and Suryakumar Yadav, the former skipper said: “Both Hardik and Suryakumar Yadav have been brilliant. Hardik has fully realized his potential. From the IPL that took place this time, he has become a different character, very responsible and very aware of his abilities That’s the difference I see he realizes what he can do as an all rounder and he works as hard as I’ve ever seen him To play like that and get back to full bowling fitness will be a huge factor. And Suryakumar, I don’t think there are hardly any players in the world of cricket who can play like that, once he gets going he can take the game away.”

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