Known for his brevity, M S Dhoni sent a one-line message last night to the BCCI when he said I offer to resign as India’s one-day captain and agree to mentor Virat Kohli
Kohli has been India’s one-day-captain-in-the-waiting for at least two years and there were talks that the time has come to hand over the baton. It was just going to be a matter of when Dhoni would step down. And Dhoni knew it. Added to that, Kholi has been highly successful. Before the chorus grew louder from cricketing fans, Dhoni thought its time to give Kohli the captaincy and mentor him.
That’s reason one and a great one from Dhoni. Many in India have always admired and respected Dhoni. With his latest decision, the admiration and respect would only grow. Dhoni’s respect for the game and the fans is not measurable in words.
Reason number 2:
This is a long term one. Dhoni wants to play the 2019 World Cup to be hosted by England and Wales. And he knows that this would be possible only if he made common cause with India’s rising star and Test captain Virat Kohli.
This is where his one-liner resignation letter to the BCCI is significant and would need a second read. He said I offer to resign as India’s one-day captain and agree to mentor Virat Kohli.
‘The BCCI cannot ignore the second part of the sentence: to mentor Virat Kohli. With this he has almost cemented a place in the World Cup squad’
The BCCI cannot ignore the second part of the sentence: to mentor Virat Kohli. With this he has almost cemented a place in the World Cup squad — not for himself, but the team. Rarely in sport do you find someone handing over his or her experience to the next in line or the team.
Dhoni, afterall, is an exception. He has been famous for never showing emotions, avoided ovations and always walked away with a smile.