The fellowship between Indian skipper Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni had been evident even when the latter was part of the Indian side. Now that MS Dhoni has officially hung his boots, Kohli’s tributes and accolades for a man who he says ‘will always be my captain’ have spewed in with lots of nostalgia from encounters the two have played together.
On Sunday, the Indian skipper shared clips fro m two of his most memorable partnership with MSD in ICC T20 World Cup. The first clip was a recollection of the final few moments of India’s semi-final clash against South Africa in 2014 whilst the second clip was from the Knockout match against Australia in 2016.
Thank you for these moments skip.— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) August 16, 2020
I couldn't explain the mutual trust, respect and understanding we share better than these two videos I'm posting here today.
The first one explains perfectly well who he is , selfless in the most intense moments.... pic.twitter.com/DYWvJ9ojOv
The men in blue came on top in both the games and Kohli reflected on how gestures from his captain Dhoni defined the relationship they shared.
“Thank you for these moments skip,” Kohli wrote in a tweet.
“I couldn't explain the mutual trust, respect and understanding we share better than these two videos I'm posting here today. The first one explains perfectly well who he is, selfless in the most intense moments.”
By the 19th over in the semi-final against South Africa in Dhaka team India needed one run off seven balls to win. MS Dhoni chose to face the last ball of the over so that Virat Kohli, who had batted quite superbly for 68, could score the minning runs.
Virat Kohli hit the first ball of the final over for four as India reached their target of 173 with five balls to spare. Kohli remained unbeaten on 72 and was chosen the Man of the Match.
The second video is from the match against Australia in Mohali – remembered for the duo's 67-run stand in just 5.1 overs that guided team India into the semis – shows a brace that they ran off a gentle dab by MS Dhoni that didn't even take the ball past the 30-yard circle.
“The second one is about the kind of trust & chemistry we had over the years while batting together,” Kohli wrote. “In this moment I was only focused on his call & I knew we both would be able to make those 2 runs because of the trust we shared in one another. He called & I put my head down and ran!”
After they completed a two Michael Slater, who was commentating during the match, said in astonishment: “You can't run a two there!”
“Mutual respect and understanding isn't a thing of chance, it develops naturally when 2 individuals are aligned & have the same vision and for us, that vision was always to make India win! Thank you for the memories skip,” Kohli added.