Today Virat Kohli is considered the best batsman across all formats. But believe it or not, if not for a bold move by MS Dhoni, Kohli’s Test career would have possibly lacked direction if he had got dropped.Jump back to 2012, when India were touring Down Under. Already 2-0 down, the series was all but lost. The selectors met Dhoni and vice-captain Virender Sehwag and spoke of their decision to drop Kohli and pick Rohit Sharma for the Perth Test.
It was here that Dhoni put his foot down. Sehwag recalls how Dhoni backed Kohli and maintained that he should play in Perth. After a lot of debate, Captain Cool had his way. Kohli was playing.
The decision paid off has he made 75 and 44 in Perth before his maiden Test ton in Adelaide in the next game. We lost the series 4-0, but a new hero was born in the longest format.