MS Dhoni is certainly one of the most successful captains of the Indian cricket team and there was a time when it was felt that it won’t be easy for anyone else to replace him but in reality, it happened in a pretty smooth manner when Virat Kohli took over captaincy from Mahi.
Dhoni became the skipper of the Indian squad in 2007 and started his tenure as a captain with winning the 2007 ICC T20 World Cup, the wicketkeeper-batsman led the team in a great manner in all the formats. It was the year 2015 when Dhoni took retirement from the test cricket in order to focus more on shorter formats of the game and Virat Kohli was appointed the skipper of the Indian test team. Next year, Virat took over as the ODI and T20 skipper as well.
Recently, during an Instagram live session with Indian cricketer Ravichandran Ashwin, the Indian skipper chose to talk about the process of becoming a leader and he said that Dhoni played an important role in making him the skipper of the team. As per Kohli, Dhoni must have observed him for 6-7 years and then he must have told the selectors that Virat Kohli can be made the skipper of the team. Virat also added that it was his habit of discussing strategies with Dhoni which made the latter confident of the fact that the former is capable of leading the team.
Virat said that he was always talking to Dhoni, asking him about the options which can be tried and he used to reject many but according to Virat, Dhoni used to discuss about a lot of things with him as well. The 31 years old RCB skipper feels that his habit of engaging in discussion and making different strategies made Dhoni believe that Virat can lead the team after him.
Virat was considered as a captaincy prospect from the very beginning as India U-19 won the World Cup under his captaincy.