Virat Kohli has taken on the mantle of the Indian team from MS Dhoni, leading them across formats now and inculcating in them the ‘Virat philosophy’.
Indian cricket has immensely benefitted from it, as under Kohli, the fitness levels of players have gone up a notch, something that played a huge role in India’s limited overs triumph in South Africa.
The Kohli-Dhoni relationship has also flourished during this transition phase and that according to a lot of experts is the major reason for India’s limited overs success in recent times.
In a recent interview with Times Now, Kohli cleared the air about MS Dhoni’s future, as a lot of talk had been going around about maybe one of the younger keepers taking Dhoni’s place.
Kohli has put all those rumours to bed, also slyly accusing the media of cooking up stories when there aren’t really any.
“If we speak and think like people on the outside, Indian cricket will be in big trouble, I can promise you that. It’s far from the fantastical world on the outside where issues are created out of nowhere.
“Suddenly when the team is doing so well, people look for disharmony and we (cricketers) are like how negative people can become, that you want to sell something negative or speak about something negative all the time,” Kohli said.
Kohli also reiterated the fact that the fact that the team doesn’t pay much attention to what is written about them in the media, as the fickle minded media criticises them to the core when the team performs badly, but doesn’t quite praise the team enough during times of triumph.
“When we lose, there are debates all the time which are non-stop and when we win, just two features and then on to the next news. So, it doesn’t matter to us what people say or write on the outside. We understand where we are heading as a team and are absolutely comfortable,” Kohli concluded.