Team India skipper Virat Kohli credited his predecessor, MS Dhoni, for playing a big part in taking over the national side as skipper. Kohli said that he has always been inclined to take responsibility, but becoming the captain of the Indian team was “not even in his wildest dreams”. He said that once he felt he had made his place in the team, he started talking about various tactics with Dhoni, who was the captain at the time, and he said that this possibly gave Dhoni the confidence that Kohli could take over his reins.
During an Instagram Live session with off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, the 31-year old fiery batsman said, “I have always been inclined towards taking responsibility. After my debut for India, it was just about wanting to play, it was about being in the Indian XI all the time.”
Virat Kohli then added, “Then, with your intrigue in the game, you start talking to the captain regularly. I was always in MS’ ears, discussing different tactics.”
Virat Kohli further said that it helped him get a lot of confidence that he can take after MS Dhoni.
Complimenting the former Indian skipper he said, “I think a large portion of me becoming captain was also to do with him observing me for a long time.”
He said that the transition from one captain to another doesn’t happen overnight, so you need to build trust and show you can take over the job.