The 2014 tour of England was certainly a nightmare for Virat Kohli who only scored 134 runs in the Test series of five matches. Well, every batsman goes through a rough patch and this was the time when Kohli struggled to gain form.
Cut to India’s five-match ODI series against West Indies. Kohli once again found it difficult to be among some runs and this was the time when MS Dhoni stepped in and helped the right-handed batsman to regain his strokeplay.
Speaking in an interview to cricket.com, veteran West Indies wicket-keeper batsman Ramdin said: “I remember one instance when Virat (Kohli) wasn’t getting any runs, he just came off an England series. We were there for a one-day series and we got Virat out once or two cheaply.”
“He (Dhoni) didn’t drop him. He said look, rather than bat at number three, I’m going to put you at four or five. In one game, he (Kohli) came in at number four or five and scored a century (half century, actually) and that was it. He was back to his normal self,” Ramdin further added.
Dhoni called it a day from international cricket on August 15, 2020 along with Suresh Raina. Dhoni is the only second Indian captain to win the one day World Cup after Kapil Dev while the wicket-keeper batsman is the only skipper to win all the three ICC trophies.
Dhoni last played for India in the semi-final of the World Cup 2019 against New Zealand that the team lost and bowed out of the tournament.
Kohli has been leading the Test side since 2014 while he got the baton of the limited-overs format in 2017 when Dhoni stepped down from the helm position.