Dubai, Aug 26 India cricketer Virat Kohli has written a heartfelt message on social media, paying tribute to Mahendra Singh Dhoni and reminiscing the times when he was deputy to the legendary skipper.
Kohli, who’s returning to the facet for the Asia Cup right here after taking a month-long break, tweeted that being MSD’s deputy was the “most fulfilling and thrilling interval” of his profession and it’ll have a “particular” place in his coronary heart.
“Being this man’s trusted deputy was essentially the most fulfilling and thrilling interval in my profession. Our partnerships would at all times be particular to me eternally. 7+18 (coronary heart image),” tweeted Kohli late on Thursday night time as he prepares for the Asia Cup clash in opposition to arch-rival Pakistan on August 28.
The ‘7’ and ’18’ within the tweet signify the jersey numbers of Dhoni and Kohli respectively.
Kohli, 33, was Dhoni’s long-time deputy in all codecs earlier than taking up as Take a look at captain in 2014. Kohli then grew to become skipper in all three codecs in 2017. Kohli made the particular point out to the jersey numbers, as ‘7’ and ’18’ add up to ’25’, the day (August 25) he wrote the emotional message.
The picture he shared on social media together with the tweet belonged the 2016 T20 World Cup match in opposition to Australia in Mohali, the place Kohli smashed an unbeaten 82 off 51 balls to take the hosts to a six-wicket victory.
Kohli returns to the Indian crew for the Asia Cup in T20I format after a break of greater than a month after having final performed in the course of the tour of England in July, the place he made scores of 16 and 17 in two ODIs as nicely as 1 and 11 in two T20Is other than 11 and 20 in rescheduled fifth Take a look at at Edgbaston.
He was then rested for the white-ball tour of West Indies and ODIs in opposition to Zimbabwe. Kohli has been in a protracted lean patch, having not scored a century in worldwide cricket since November 2019.
If Kohli options in India’s taking part in eleven for the Asia Cup opener in opposition to Pakistan on August 28, dubbed as the ‘best rivalry’ in cricketing world, it would additionally mark his one hundredth T20I look.
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