He may be a man of a few words, but when he talks, people listen. India’s most successful captain in all the formats of the game, M.S. Dhoni has recently stated that he misses playing test cricket. It is known fact that Captain cool’s retirement came as a huge shocker for all of us.
Although Kohli has taken over the reins in the longer format of the game, Team India has not been able to fill in the void created by Dhoni’s absence in the team. The team has struggled to bring back depth into the batting line up since the retirement of the Fab 4, with Dhoni managing to be the lone survivor along with Kohli.
You cannot treat Dhoni and Indian cricket separately. As India begins their long journey of 17 test journey against the Caribbean, Dhoni admitted that he misses playing in the longer format of the game. It seems to be inevitable coming from a person who has captained 90 test matches for India. He also added that it would be difficult for him to imagine his time while India play a long calendar of test cricket before playing One days and T20’s.
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Although the team managed to scale the number one test rankings under his leadership, his win record took a slow but severe beating after that, leading to cricket pundits calling for his retirement and saying that he was unfit for the longer versions of the game. Speaking at the press conference before the first test, Kohli said that Shami’s previous injury was a big blow to the bowling line up and it was great to see him return to the Indian team after an 18 month period.
He added that having Shami in the team would add more depth to the bowling as Shami could manage to swing both the new ball and the old ball well, surprising bowlers with his bouncers, reverse swing and around the wicket deliveries.
While it is too early to comment about Kohli’s leadership, India would definitely miss the services of its best wicket keeper batsman.
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