Virat will win more games as captain than I ever did: Dhoni


Mahendra Singh Dhoni, on Friday, addressed the media for the first time after stepping down as India’s ODI skipper. Dhoni raised the curtains on why he finally chose to hand over the batons to Virat Kohli in limited-overs cricket.

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Mahendra Singh Dhoni with Virat Kohli

Mahendra Singh Dhoni will be featuring in the first ODI against England to be played on January 15 at Pune.

The 35-year-old batsman further revealed that the South Africa series in 2015 was, in his mind, last as limited overs skipper.

Here are the highlights from his conference:

  • Dhoni doesn’t believe in split captaincy–having two different captains for Tests and ODIs.
  • Dhoni said that to captain a side in Tests is more difficult than captaining a side in limited overs.
  • ‘Virat Kohli is ready to captain the limited overs side.’
  • He will do all he can to help Kohli with his captaincy and keep a close eye on the field positioning.
  • ‘It made no sense for me to continue. People even questioned me when I quit midway through the Test series in Australia. Sometimes you need to look at the bigger picture.’
  • ‘In my mind, the series in India against South Africa was my last. After that it was pretty easy to judge why I went to Zimbabwe. Because of that finally, I told BCCI officially I won’t be captaining anymore.’
  • Dhoni spoke about how his role as a batsman changed over the years because he was needed down the order.
  • The erstwhile Indian captain said that he would have liked to bat at No.4 and could have scored more runs. He always considered that the team’s need is greater than his wishes.
  • Dhoni said as captain his aim was always to finish off the games.
  • Dhoni thinks that the present Indian team has the potential to win games everywhere and the pool of fast bowlers can do well in any condition.
  • ‘From the beginning of his career he wanted to learn and there was a hunger to win matches. He wanted to be in the middle of it all.’
  • According to Dhoni, Virat Kohli will win more games as captain than he did.
  • Dhoni said that this team could be the most successful Indian team ever and rewrite history.

Dhoni, who led India for over nine years, also asserted that wicketkeeper of any team is always a vice-captain, irrespective of whether he is announced vice-captain or not.

The wicket-keeper batsman, who made his ODI debut in December 2003 against Bangladesh in Chittagong, also said a lot of things did change since the time he took over the captaincy in 2007 to now.

“The requirement of the team has changed as well. No fixed batting order for me. The guys at the top did remarkably. I will change my role as per the responsibilities given to me. Depending on where I am batting, I will bat accordingly,” Dhoni said.

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Rahane, Pant whip England’s full-strength side


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Young Rishabh Pant has a bright future ahead of him

Indian cricket appears to be in safe hands. On Thursday, India’s young ‘A’ team, led by Ajinkya Rahane, defeated a strong England XI by six wickets in the second practice ODI, chasing down the challenging 282-run target with more than 10 overs to spare.

Youngsters shone bright for the home team. Skipper Rahane stroked a fluent 91 (83b, 10×4, 1×6) while Saurashtra batsman Sheldon Jackson gave him company with a languid 59. The opening pair added 119 before Jackson was dismissed.

There was, however, no let up in the scoring rate. Delhi wicketkeeper-batsman and India U-19 star Rishabh Pant hammered out 59 (36b, 8×4, 2×6) and partnered Suresh Raina (45, 34b, 7×4) in an electric 78-run stand.

England XI had earlier made a terrific start after winning the toss with half-centuries from Hales (51) and Bairstow (64). A tight spell of spin bowling from Parvez Rasool (3/38) triggered a miniature collapse for the visitors and reduced them to 198/8.

A last wicket association of 71 between Adil Rashid (39) and David Willey (38) helped England XI to 282, before the innings concluded 7 balls before its stipulated quota.

The teams now move to Pune for Sunday’s first of three ODIs.

Brief scores: England XI 282 in 48.5 overs (Jonny Bairstow 64, Alex Hales 51, Parvez Rasool 3/38) lost to India ‘A’ 283/3 in 39.4 overs (Ajinkya Rahane 91, Rishabh Pant 59, Sheldon Jackson 59, David Wiley 1/32)

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