Indian batting great VVS Laxman is one of the many fans of the blossoming partnership between Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni. The Kohli-Dhoni axis has been one of the major talking points in recent weeks.
You often see Dhoni and Kohli discussing fielding positions during matches, with Dhoni even going as far as changing the fielders himself when Kohli is not in the circle. This just goes to show the amount of respect that the pair have for each other as neither member feels overshadowed by the other.
Laxman believes that a lot of credit must go to Kohli, as he is the one who puts his ego aside and goes up to his predecessor for advice.
“It is not only a brilliant moment of today’s game (in Pune on Wednesday) but it has been a brilliant moment from the day Virat Kohli became captain in the ODI format. It is so good to see the rapport between Kohli and Dhoni. ”
“He has got the advantage of being a wicket-keeper, who has got the best view of the angles as far as field placements are concerned,” Laxman said in the post-match show.
“Without having any ego, Kohli approaches Dhoni and that is credit to Kohli. Dhoni has abundance of knowledge and experience, above that he has got so much of respect, so Kohli depends a lot on Dhoni. ”
“This relationship will help India, going forward to 2019 World Cup. Dhoni is a mentor of the India team,” the batting great further added.
Laxman is correct. It would have been extremely stupid of Kohli if he did not go to one of the greatest minds in cricket for advice, as that would be detrimental to Indian cricket.
Getting Dhoni more involved in matches is also a way of making him feel more wanted, something that will do no harm to the team.
All in all, this pairing could be very crucial for India come 2019.