Former India captain Virat Kohli echoed the thoughts of thousands of MS Dhoni fans on Thursday, wishing the Chennai Super Kings star after he stepped down as skipper of the four-time Indian Premier League champions. Kohli took to social media to praise Dhoni for his wildly successful tenure as CSK captain.
The message from Virat Kohli comes after MS Dhoni decided to transfer the CSK captain’s armband to Ravindra Jadeja, 2 days before the 2021 IPL season. CSK confirmed the move, but also added that Dhoni “will continue to represent Chennai Super Kings this season and beyond”.
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Virat Kohli, who adores his former captain MS Dhoni, has shared many memorable moments with the World Cup winning skipper. Kohli and Dhoni always had time for a chat before or after IPL games in which they ran their respective franchises.
“Legendary captain’s armband in yellow skip. A chapter fans will never forget. Always respect,” Kohli said in a social media post.
MS Dhoni, in his inimitable style, ended a glorious chapter in the history of the IPL when he made another unforeseen announcement, 2 years after he surprised the cricket fraternity with his decision to announce his retirement from international cricket .
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Dhoni finishes as one of the most successful captains in IPL history, winning four titles (2011, 2012, 2018, 2021). He led CSK in 204 games, winning 121 of them.
When CSK was banned for two years after the spot-fixing scandal broke, Dhoni Rising represented Pune Supergiant in 2016 and 2017. Back with CSK in 2018, Dhoni had one of his best years with the bat in the IPL, scoring 455 runs. with a strike rate of 150.66 to help CSK win the title.
MS Dhoni is the most celebrated Indian captain. He led India to victory in the 2007 T20 World Cup, 2011 ODI World Cup and 2013 Champions Trophy. In the IPL, Dhoni has been synonymous with the Super Kings, leading them to 4 title wins. After a poor season in 2020, MS Dhoni faced criticism before rushing back to win the IPL in 2021.
Notably, IPL 2021 marks the last time both Kohli and Dhoni have remained as captains in the cash-rich league that had harnessed the star power of the country’s two cricket icons. Kohli gave up his captaincy at Royal Challengers Bangalore at the end of last season. Faf du Plessis has been appointed as Kohli’s successor for IPL 2022.