“When I left Test captain, I only got a message from MS Dhoni and no one else,” said Virat Kohli. “A lot of people have my number, but only he called. There are some connections to its real and it has some security. If you want to give me suggestions, give me one-on-one.”
Virat Kohli never shied away from expressing his appreciation for his former Indian MS Dhoni, be it a midnight tweet about his IPL innings or an even random Instagram post going to a major tournament.
And now, the 33-year-old who resigned from his role as India’s Test captain earlier this year has said Dhoni has also been the one to reach out to him even during his toughest days.
During the press conference following India’s defeat to Pakistan in the Asian Cup Super 4 stage, Kohli told how Dhoni was the only one to contact him when he announced his resignation as Test captain.
Dhoni and Kohli had made a visibly comfortable comparison even after the latter took over the leader’s mantle, and both spoke highly of each other.
“When you have respect for someone and it’s sincere, it seems that way because there’s a sense of security on both sides. He doesn’t need anything from me and I don’t need anything from him. I was never insecure about him, and neither was he,” Kohli added.
Kohli on former cricketers
Virat Kohli, who went through a lean period before the Asian Cup and took a short break from international cricket, says the difficult phase also helped him see through the crowd.
“Somehow I live my life honestly and I can see through these things. If you play with honesty for so long, the almighty will reward you. As long as I’m worth playing, I’ll play this way,” he said.
Speaking of former cricketers and pundits who shared their thoughts on his form, the former India captain said: “I just want to say this, if I need to tell anyone about their game I will personally contact them. Even if I have to help someone, I do it personally.
“If you make a suggestion in front of the whole world, it doesn’t make much sense to me. You can talk to me one-on-one if you need me to suggest something. Then you really want me to do it right. I live my life with a lot of honesty.
“I’m not saying I don’t care. Until the time I play, I would play my game fairly,” he added.
Kohli on Arshdeep
Virat Kohli came in to support the young Arshdeep Singh, who dropped a crucial catch in the 18th left of the match.
“Even when I played my first game against Pakistan in the Champions Trophy, I played a bad shot and got out. I stared at the ceiling until 5am. I thought my career was over. Anyone can make mistakes under pressure Kohli said.
“The team environment is great now, credit for this goes to the management and captain. So you have to accept his mistake, deal with it and look forward to getting back into that pressure situation again,” he added.
Kohli on Nawazi
Kohli admitted that Mohammad Nawaz’s innings at 20 balls and 42 runs was a turning point in the game.
“An opportunity was seized by sending him the order. It’s good to play such impactful innings. If his innings had been limited to just 15-20 runs, it could have been different,” he said.