Split Captaincy Doesn’t Work In India: MS Dhoni

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New Delhi: Addressing his first press conference after stepping down from limited-overs captaincy, MS Dhoni admitted that split captaincy doesn’t work in India ahead of the first ODI of the three-match series against England starting on Sunday in Pune.

Having led India to two World Cup triumphs during an eventful tenure that spanned nearly a decade, Dhoni said it was right time for me to move on and the team under Virat Kohli will be the most successful team ever. Dhoni took the cricketing world by surprise when he announced his decision to step down from leadership last week, giving Kohli the reins of captaincy in all three formats of the game.

“My job will be to assist Kohli whenever it is needed. I will tell him what I think from behind the stumps. As a wicketkeeper, I will get to see the game and see details,” Dhoni said. Kohli also admitted that “these (Dhoni’s) are massive shoes to fill”, India coach Anil Kumble believes the bond between the two players will help the current captain find his footing.

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“Kohli and I have always been very close. He was never worried when he missed out but he always wanted to contribute whenever he got a chance,” Dhoni said.