India captain Virat Kohli once again thanked MS Dhoni for his contribution towards international cricket and for everything that he did for the sport in general. The former India captain announced his retirement from international cricket on Saturday.
Virat Kohli made his debut in 2008 under Dhoni and has always maintained immense respect for the veteran cricketer. Kohli thanked Dhoni for supporting him in his initial days and wished him well for the second phase of his life.
“Words fall short a lot of times in life and this is one of those moments. All I can say is you will always be the guy who sat on the last seat on the bus, not saying much but your presence, your aura saying a lot, and for me you have always been that guy and I’m sure you will continue to be so.
“We have shared a great camaraderie, friendship, understanding that has happened we’ve always played for the same reason and goal, which is to make the team win. It’s been a pleasure playing alongside you and under you initially in my career. You have shown faith and belief in me which I will always be grateful for.
“I wish you the best in this next phase of your life, lot of peace and happiness. I’ve always said this and I will say it again, you will always be my Captain,” Kohli said in a video message which was posted by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on social media.
Dhoni went on to become India’s most successful captain, leading them to World Cup triumphs in 2007 (T20), 2011 (ODI) and 2013 Champions Trophy, while they also became the top-ranked Test team under him in 2009.
As a batsman, Dhoni transformed himself into one of the best finishers of the game, famously illustrating it by securing India’s 2011 World Cup victory by hitting a six in the final against Sri Lanka at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
His popularity also soared as he achieved more and more success in international cricket. The 2007 World T20 triumph changed the trajectory of his career and the graph kept going up, especially in white-ball cricket.