Virat Kohli laughs off 'rift' with M.S. Dhoni

Kohli, in a web-series titled ‘Breakfast With Champions’, throws light on his relationship with Dhoni and how people tried to plug in stories of differences between them.

M.S. Dhoni and Virat Kohli caught in a candid mood during an international match.   -  GETTY IMAGES

M.S. Dhoni is not the India captain anymore, but he still remains ‘skipper’ to Virat Kohli — who took over the captaincy reins from the veteran earlier this year. The 28-year-old, in a web-series titled ‘Breakfast With Champions’, discussed how his relationship with Dhoni stood the test of time.

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“A lot of people try to plug in stories of rift between us. The best part is neither he reads those articles nor do I. And when the people see us together, they wonder ‘wasn’t there rift between the two’;we laugh among ourselves and say we didn’t know there was one,” Kohli said.

Dhoni also possesses a child-like enthusiasm. “He gets intrigued by things easily and is always looking for something new that will interest him.

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“I once told him a funny story of my U-17 days. It was my academy’s match. There was this new boy and I threw the ball at him and asked ‘kahaan se’ (meaning from which end will you bowl). The boy answered: ‘Bhaiya Najafgarh se’! When I recollected this incident and told MS about it, he started laughing and this was happening in the middle of a match,” Kohli said.

The run machine also praised his ‘Captain Cool’ for his understanding of the game. “I don’t think I have ever come across a better cricketing brain just in terms of planning, knowing what’s happening in the game and what can be done. Obviously, I go by my instincts but whenever I ask him anything 8 or 9 out of 10 times what he says, works. Our friendship has only grown over the years,” Kohli said.