Virat Kohli is learning captaincy tricks from 'vastly experienced' MS Dhoni

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Bengaluru, Feb 2: India skipper Virat Kohli has admitted that he's been benefitted by the presence of seasoned campaigner in Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his vast experience.

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As per the 28-year-old India skipper, MS Dhoni is helping him in taking decisions at crucial occasions in the limited overs format, which is relatively new for him in terms of leadership.

Virat Kohli is learning captaincy tricks from 'vastly experienced' MS Dhoni

"Although I have captained in the Test format for a while, ODI and T20 games move very fast. So to take advice from a person (Dhoni) who has captained the side at this level for so long and understands the game really well is never a bad idea in crucial situations," Kohli said.

India claimed the T20I series 2-1 after a comprehensive 75-run win in the third and final T20, on Wednesday (Feb 1) in front of a hysteric crowd at M Chinnaswamy Stadium.

The young captain disclosed that he wanted Hardik Pandya to bowl after star-performer Yuzvendra Chahal's quota was over but was advised by Dhoni and Ashish Nehra to hand the ball to Jasprit Bumrah, who scalped two wickets in three balls to finish the game.

"Bringing on Bumrah right after that over from Chahal, I was thinking of giving (Hardik) Pandya another over instead. (Dhoni and Nehra) suggested that let's not wait till the 19th over and instead bring on the main bowlers. So these things really help when you are a new captain in the limited-overs format.

"But again, I am not new to captaincy, but there has to be a balance between understanding the skills needed to lead in shorter formats. MS (Dhoni) has been helping a lot on that front."

Kohli said the Indian team, which has many yougsters, has made a very fast progress.

"We got the results we wanted. Obviously winning all three series feels really, really good right now because we're up against a top-quality side. We understand that and to come on top after the end of all three series is a great feeling altogether knowing that we didn't have that much experience in our teams.

"The Test team is almost as good as new. Even in the one-day circuit, we have 3-4 experienced guys, but rest of the guys who stepped up are all youngsters, which is, I think, is a massive, massive boost for Indian cricket," he said.

Kohli said the biggest takeaway for winning all three series for the team was the "youngsters were hungry to win matches for the team instead focusing on individual performances."

OneIndia News

Story first published: Thursday, February 2, 2017, 12:04 [IST]
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