Well, the presence of Mahendra Singh Dhoni in the Indian National Cricket Team has been the major debate over the years. To add weight to the negative side, MS Dhoni came up with poor performances in 2018. However, Virat Kohli – The Captain showed immense faith in his former skipper by continuing him in the limited overs squad. Meanwhile, Sourav Ganguly showered words of praise on the Indian skipper.
MS Dhoni had a horrible outing in 2018 with only 275 runs in the 20 ODIs along with his worst-ever strike rate and average in a calendar year since his debut in 2007. A lot of questions have raised on his presence in Indian team but Virat Kohli kept on backing MS Dhoni.
MS Dhoni is the biggest strength – Sourav Ganguly
The stylish southpaw quoted that the presence of Mahendra Singh Dhoni in the Indian National team is a blessing for the team. He feels that the Dhoni will give the much-needed experience and can make an impact on the game.
Sourav Ganguly (Credits – Getty Images)
Further, the former skipper went on to shower words of praise on Virat Kohli. He felt that the rapport between Kohli and Dhoni is something, which helped the World Cup-winning skipper to survive in the team despite poor numbers.
“Both players have played a lot of matches for India with Dhoni currently being the seniormost member of the side. Most of all, what has been notified about the relationship is that Kohli has stood by his Ex-captain side even when he has been under fire for the past year or so. He has time and again stressed that Dhoni is a big player and one of the strengths of his team,” said Ganguly on IndiaTV’s show ‘Aaj Ki Baat’.
MS Dhoni-Virat Kohli. Credits – Getty Images
“Very few captains back their players up to this extent. I admire Kohli for not abandoning Dhoni in the last 15-16 months. This is what makes a great team. No team can become great unless there are mutual respect and camaraderie between the big players,” the former Indian skipper quoted.
Well, as Sourav Ganguly said, very few captains in the world cricket would carry an under-performing player in the side. However, on the other side, Virat was also beneficial, as Mahendra Singh Dhoni can bring a lot to the table.