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Expectations Soar from Virat Kohli after Shocking Retirement of Mahendra Singh Dhoni

kohliNew Delhi, Friday, January 2 – In the brand New Year, a new skipper will be seen leading India as the captain’s responsibility has now been transferred to 26-year-old Virat Kohli who always tried to put his best foot forward every time he came in the stadium. The sudden change of role has appeared after Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s decision to retire from Test matches on the final day of Melbourne Test match in view of the fact that he now wants to focus more on 50-50 and 20-20 over games.

Dhoni is a gifted player who developed unique style of hitting the shots, no matter who is bowling from the other end. Whenever cricket fans will remember the helicopter shot, a picture of the 33-year-old strong man from Ranchi will automatically come in front of their eyes. He was a different kind of player who made Indian cricketers believe in making impossible things possible. Under his captaincy, India won the first T-20 Cricket World Cup in 2007, the year in which 20 over match was inaugurated.

Despite the fact that he wasn’t too successful in the overseas given that 15 matches out of 30 were lost, taking no notice of his 27 victories in 60 games in Test format is not possible. Dhoni served India for a longtime, letting his ‘playing XI’ experience how it feels to be no. 1 in Test cricket. He brought proud and more recognition to the country with his immaculate play on the field. The records are sufficient to define about the magnetism he held in his persona throughout his career. 294 dismissals in 90 Tests and 4,876 Test runs are adequate to inform how determined was he to do the best from his end. The skipper hit 78 sixes in the same format which shows how dare was he to go for biggies when bowlers tried to build pressure in different overs.

Before biding adieu to the Test in the middle of 4-match Test series against Australia on December 30, 2013, the skipper of 2011 WC got himself registered in the record books thanks to 9 dismissals in his last appearance in Melbourne. There is no point discussing why he chose to quit as a captain when he could have opted for continuing as a player or taking a break to discover his abilities but it is also true that Indian cricket will miss him, his capability to keep the calm and tactically fight against all odds. Those who follow cricket will commit to memory his attitude of not giving up till the end and confidence of not taking singles and sending the balls into the fences when India were having only a wicket or two in the hands or just few balls were remained to be bowled.

Discussion on Dhoni’s performance could be endless but here is to understand now the time has come for Kohli to shine. In spite of having temper issues and playing aggressive cricket, the youngster has proved he can lead the squad well. Whenever this Delhi born boy got the chance to guide his teammates, he never let soaring hopes go down. Even though success wasn’t pocketed in the first Test played at Adelaide Oval, he was seen motivating players to play their natural game and trust on their abilities. How to forget that when Kohli was lately appointed as stand-in captain and under his leadership Indian brigade inflicted humiliating defeat on Sri Lanka in 5-match ODI series that took place in October and November. It was the tournament when king size innings by Rohit Sharma single-handedly smashed Sri Lanka at Eden Gardens. The chart of hopes and beliefs will shoot up when Kohli would walk in the ground as a new skipper during the final contest between India and Australia Sydney. All eyes are stuck on him as audiences are curious to notice whether he would learn how to be polite and perform his duties or team members find him too dominating. Let us wait and watch what happens next.

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