IND v WI 2018: Virat Kohli opens up on why MS Dhoni is missing from the T20I squad

India defeated West Indies by 9 wickets to win the ODI series 3-1.

Virat Kohli led India completed their 8th successive ODI series victory against West Indies with a crushing 9-wicket win at Thiruvananthapuram. India wrapped up the game at the stroke of the mid-innings break with 211 balls to spare.

After the game, Virat Kohli addressed the media and was asked the most expected question on the recent dropping of MS Dhoni from the T20I squad for the series against West Indies and Australia.

Kohli said, "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,"

"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." Kohli added.

Kohli confirmed that Dhoni's intention is only to help youngsters, "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." he concluded.

MS Dhoni is now likely to seen playing next for India in January when India tours Australia for a short ODI series.

(With inputs from NDTV)

By Saurabh Malhotra - 01 Nov, 2018

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