Mahendra Singh Dhoni Still A Leader In The Team, Says Anil Kumble

Team Indian cricket coach Anil Kumble paid a bright honor to MS Dhoni, who recently stepped down from limited-overs captaincy past week said he is one of the highlights of his leadership term was the right managing of a senior player in the team.

MS Dhoni became Indian captain when Anil Kumble retired in the year 2008 from Test during the Australia series at home. In a press communication, Anil Kumble said about the forthcoming limited-overs series against England.

When media asked on similarities between 08, 17, Indian cricket team coach stated that “The first phase was probably easy for me because I was old; it was easy for me to say ‘MS take over.’ It was difficult for me to continue at that time, the body was not willing, but I thought it was the right time for me to leave as well. MS (Dhoni) was ready to take over Test captaincy.”


Anil Kumble said on the new captaincy of Virat Kohli “Like I mentioned, Virat came into the side when MS was captain, so the bonhomie and bond that they have shared will only help Virat grow as a leader.”

“And Virat has shown the exceptional quality he has and what he brings to the team, both as an individual and leader. We have seen the results under him in Test format, and I am sure he will be equally good in the one-day format.”

The 46-years-old said on Dhoni’s role in the team that “MS has been one of the best captains that we have had. Hats off to him and congratulations to him for what he has done as captain. Now, looking forward to MS as the batsman and keeper and as a leader. He is still a leader in the team.”


When media asked Kumble about Dhoni’s batting at four, he said “I don’t think it is the right for me to discuss the team combination. Like you mentioned it is a good choice that we have in the squad with Yuvi coming back into the team.”

“We all know what he is capable of. Having said that both Manish Pandey and Kedar Jadhav in that slot had done well. It is nice to have choices; there is competition in the team and that is what you want. All 15 members are available for selection.

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