New Delhi, Nov 17: Indian skipper Virat Kohli has sent a strong message for out of favour MS Dhoni. Soon after landing in Australia, Virat shared his picture with Dhoni's replacement Rishabh Pant calling him a 'champion'.
Virat may have just posted a simple looking picture with Pant, but a lot is being read into it back home. Sources say that after a series of poor form with the bat, Kohli and coach Shastri are not happy with Dhoni, and that's the reason why Dhoni was dropped from the T20 team. However, Kohli later had tried to clear the air on controversy. He reiterated that Mahendra Singh Dhoni remains an integral part of the ODI team and the veteran wicket-keeper batsman decided not to play the upcoming T20s only to make way for the much younger Rishabh Pant."I think the selectors have already addressed this if I’m not wrong. And he’s been spoken to, firstly... So, I don’t see any reason why I should be sitting here and explaining that. I think the selectors have come out and explained exactly what happened," said Kohli at the post-match press conference after guiding India to another series win at home."I was not part of that conversation so... It is what the selectors explained. I think people are putting too much variables into the situation, which is not the case I can assure you of that. He’s still a very integral part of this team and he just feels that in the T20 format, someone like Rishabh can get more chances."Dhoni has been dropped for the upcoming T20 series against the West Indies and Australia and there is a possibility that he never plays for India again in the shortest format."He anyway plays the ODIs for us regularly, so... From that point of view, he’s only trying to help the youngsters; nothing that anything that other people are thinking and I as captain can certainly assure you of that," Kohli said.Meanwhile, Kohli apart from posting the picture with Pant, took to Instagram to post a video of a gym session. In the gym too he is seen flexing muscles with Pant. “There’s no ideal way to put in hard work. Everyday is an opportunity. Stay fit stay healthy!”, said Kohli's caption.
In the video, Kohli is seen running on a treadmill with Pant, while he flaunts his biceps in the standalone picture. Kohli is known to be a fitness freak and he expects his teammates to do the same.
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