NEW DEHLI (JAN 06, 2017): Indian skipper Virat Kohli has praised former One0day International (ODI) captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni saying that the former would always be his captain.
“Thanks for always being the leader a youngster wants to have around him. You’ll always be my captain @msdhoni Bhai”, said Kohli on his official Twitter account.
Thanks for always being the leader a youngster wants to have around him. You'll always be my captain @msdhoni Bhai 😊😊
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) January 6, 2017
The 28-year-old’s remarks came two days after Dhoni announced that he was stepping down as the ODI and T20I captain.
Kohli, who is likely to become Dhoni’s predecessor, made his Test and ODI debuts under the 35-year-old’s captaincy and the swashbuckling right-hander was quick to thank India’s most successful captain for donning the role of a perfect senior in the dressing room.
Dhoni, who has made himself available for selection for the upcoming limited overs series against England, has played 283 ODIs, scoring 9110 runs, averaging 50.89 with an 88-plus strike rate. He has hit nine centuries in this format to go with 61 fifties.
He has also played 73 Twenty20 Internationals, scoring 112 runs, averaging nearly 36 with a 122 strike rate.