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NEW DELHI: Not just a leader, Mahendra Singh Dhoni was also a saviour for his successor Virat Kohli, who revealed that the talismanic former skipper prevented his ouster from the Indian team many a times. Kohli has played his entire international cricket under Dhoni's captaincy since his ODI debut in Sri Lanka back in 2008.
 
In his initial days both in ODIs and Tests, Kohli didn't show consistency and his place wasn't secure but Dhoni had immense faith in his talent and abilities. "He (Dhoni) will always be the person, who guided me initially and gave me opportunities. He gave me ample time and space to grow as a cricketer, saved me from getting dropped from the team many a times," India's captain in all formats gave one of the most beautiful tributes on 'bcci.tv'.
 
India's No.1 batsman made it clear that replacing Dhoni as a captain is a big ask. "Obviously, these are massive shoes to fill. You think of MS Dhoni and the first word that comes to mind is captain! You don't relate MS Dhoni in any other way. For me he is always going to be my captain," said Kohli.
 
On Wednesday, Dhoni relinquished captaincy in limited overs format and the senior selection committee officially handed over the baton to Kohli, who was already leading the side in the longest format. Kohli's new assignment starts with the six-match limited overs series against England starting in Pune on January 15.
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Manohar defers decision to step down as ICC chairman  
Waugh says pressure on India, urges Australia to retain XI  
Ajinkya is more chilled out than Virat: Smith  
Kohli skips batting at nets, no Shami for 4th Test  
Sad that focus has shifted from game: Pujara on Trump comment  
Virat Kohli is a great leader, says Gilchrist  
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India to test waters against Cambodia  
It will turn around, I will score runs: Warner  
Jadeja grabs top spot in bowling, Pujara 2nd in batting list  
Afghan IPL debutant Rashid Khan wants to pick Yuvraj's brains  
India denied by Aussie grit, third Test ends in draw  
Kohli alleges disrespect to India physio; Smith rubbishes it  
Pujara double, Saha ton put India in complete command  
Dhoni wins hearts but Bengal win Hazare semi-final  
Maharaj sets 'impossible' win for South Africa  
India reach 120/1 after Smith takes Australia to 451  
Kohli is on a different planet, says Flintoff  
Pak batsman Shahzaib Hasan suspended for suspected spot-fixing  
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