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WATCH | Kohli Depends a Lot on Dhoni in ODIs: Kumble

Cricketnext Staff | March 15, 2019, 6:56 PM IST

GK: One of the really interesting question that has been doing the rounds, and I thought I would ask you this. That there have been talks that Virat Kohli as a captain is not quite as impactful as sorted when MS Dhoni is part of the playing eleven, and is keeping wickets behind the stumps. You would imagine that it is a natural thing to be a leader in the group being captain for so many years. What's your view Anil, I mean does MS Dhoni really in a sense just by being in the eleven help in many ways to Virat Kohli take off some of that captaincy burden off him?

AK: It does, I mean it comes naturally to MS. He had been the captain for a long long time. He is behind the stumps so he reads the game better than anybody else. He obviously is in conversation with the bowler. With the kind of lines that he need to bowl, the kind of pace that the bowlers need to bowl.  And also with the field placing. I think Virat certainly depends a lot on MS Dhoni in One Day Cricket. For him to have those proper field placings so that is something he probably had missed in the last two matches. And if you look at last 10 or 15 overs. The second half or the final powerplay Virat is generally manning the boundary so yes when MS is there he is on the boundary line and suddenly he had to man the last two overs and the last ten overs under pressure. So yes he certainly depends a lot on MS Dhoni.

GK: So he is a better captain when Dhoni is around?

AK: No, I think he is certainly more comfortable, rather saying better captain; he is probably a lot more comfortable when MS is behind the stumps and then the conversation between him and Virat definitely help him make the right decisions.

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