Not many will agree with it but if you saw the second T20I on Sunday between India and England, you should know that in the last over of the match when England required just 8 runs in 6 balls, it was former Indian captain MS Dhoni who was in charge of the proceedings.
We have been seeing how captain Virat Kohli has been taking Dhoni’s help since the 1st ODI in Pune. On Sunday, things were not any different. After every over, Kohli went to Dhoni to discuss an idea or two. This was very good to see, keeping in mind that Dhoni had been India’s captain for 9 years and when it comes to defending low totals, he is a genius. Kohli is not so unintelligent to not realize this.
Especially in the last over, Dhoni had unofficially taken charge. This was also because Kohli was fielding at Long On because he is one of the best arms in the Indian team right now and it was crucial to get your best throwers near the boundaries. Dhoni was seen adjusting the field. He also asked Yuvraj Singh, fielding at Short Fine Leg to go a littler squarer.
Ashish Nehra added more taste to the whole proceedings when he went up to Dhoni an over before to advice him the field as if Dhoni was leading the side. While all this happened, Kohli was a mere spectator at the Long On position.
But even Kohli knew that he had little to offer as captain from the boundary ropes. It was better that Dhoni had a look at the field and brought minor changes if required.
Kohli often spoke on Dhoni’s importance in the side. Being a wicket-keeper and a captain before, he has the best understanding and view when the game is on. To adjust field, he is the best man to take decisions in absence of the captain. Dhoni himself had said that unofficially, he will play the role of a vice-captain because being a wicket-keeper it always helps to adjust the field.
At the end of the day, it did not really matter who led the side as India won the second T20I. But looking at the things at the moment, it appears Kohli is right now learning the craft of captaincy from MS Dhoni and the great thing is that he is not ashamed about it.
All that we would say is that keep going, Kohli and Dhoni.