M.S. Dhoni gives me space to discover myself: Kohli

Vastavam web: Despite all talks of how M.S. Dhoni could be donning the national colours for the last time in this edition of the World Cup in England and Wales, India skipper Virat Kohli has once again said that it was important to appreciate what the former skipper did, not just for the team, but also what he has continued to do in helping Kohli take over as the captain and lead the team.

Speaking on the eve of the semi-final against New Zealand at the Old Trafford on Monday, Kohli said that Dhoni has been an integral part of the process of transition of this team and is even now open to helping Kohli with suggestions when it comes to strategising and planning for games.

“I’m sure everyone, if you asked them about him, they have special things to say. And especially for us who started our careers under him. For us that doesn’t change. The respect will always be there because of the opportunities that he gave us and the faith that he showed in us and the way he’s handled the whole team in transition over so many years.

“But yeah, look, when a person has done so much for the team you have to appreciate and acknowledge what he’s done for Indian cricket and how he’s handled Indian cricket and taken the respect for Indian cricket so high all over the world.

“So yeah, from that point of view, we are all very grateful for what he’s done for Indian cricket and for us. And he’s always been in a very happy, jovial mood all the time whenever we see him and yesterday again was a very happy moment for him, for the whole team, to see a smile on his face and he’s in a very comfortable, very happy space at the moment. “I’m not thinking of anything apart from that because the main focus right now is to do what we need to do on Tuesday and then on to another one hopefully and yeah, just have a good World Cup.