New Delhi: The career of Virat Kohli, who scored runs and centuries in international cricket, was narrowly saved due to former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (MS dhoni). The selectors wanted to drop Virat Kohli from Team India, but a bet by Dhoni saved his career.
Selectors wanted to drop Kohli
Mahendra Singh Dhoni used to give a lot of opportunities to the players of the team under his captaincy, be it Rohit Sharma or Virat Kohli. Due to poor form on the 2012 Australian tour, the selectors wanted to drop Virat Kohli from Team India, but Dhoni showed confidence in Virat Kohli and did not let him drop from the team. .
Kohli’s performance was very bad
Former India explosive batsman Virender Sehwag disclosed this. Sehwag said that if the selectors had played in 2012, Kohli would never have got a chance to play a Test match for India. The Indian selectors wanted to drop Kohli after some poor innings in Australia. In the first two Tests, Kohli scored runs at an average of just 10.75. Sehwag was the vice-captain of that team and Dhoni was the captain.
Dhoni’s bet saved his career
Virender Sehwag said that in the year 2012, captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and he (Sehwag) together saved Kohli’s place. Sehwag said, ‘In the third Test to be played against Australia, the selectors decided to play Rohit Sharma instead of Virat Kohli, but he and captain Dhoni together decided that he would play Kohli only’.
Kohli’s career saved because of Dhoni
Sehwag further said, ‘At that time I was the vice-captain of the team and Mahendra Singh Dhoni was captaining the team, we both included Virat Kohli in the playing XI for the Perth Test and what happened next is history. In that match, Kohli scored 44 runs in the first innings and 75 runs in the second innings. Let us tell you that Virat Kohli has 70 centuries in the name of international cricket. If Dhoni had not shown faith, then Team India would have lost this great player.