After former Indian captain Virat Kohli made a strong comeback to T20I cricket with a quick and impactful innings against Afghanistan, Shikhar Dhawan, the veteran Indian opener, shared his thoughts on Kohli’s return and his experience playing under different captains for India.
Dhawan said, “He encourages young talents and is willing to back them, providing opportunities for them to flourish. Kohli places a strong emphasis on fitness and conditioning. This focus on physical fitness has become a key aspect of the team culture under his captaincy. Kohli leads from the front with his performances.”
Speaking about Kohli’s recent performance in the 2nd T20I against Afghanistan, Dhawan said, “Kohli leads from the front with his performances. His aggressive style of batting often sets the tone for the team, and he expects a similar level of intensity from his players.”
Dhawan also shared his experiences playing under the leadership of former Indian captain MS Dhoni, who will lead the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the IPL 2024. Dhawan said, “This cool-headed approach has been a hallmark of his captaincy. Dhoni bhai is often praised for his instinctive decision-making. He trusts his cricketing instincts and has a knack for making the right calls, particularly in pressure situations.”
Looking ahead, Dhawan aims to raise his T20 stocks in the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), where he will lead the Punjab Kings (PBKS). He said, “I’m looking forward to the upcoming IPL season where I’ll be leading the Punjab Kings. It’s a great opportunity for me to contribute to the team’s success.”