Former India skipper and limited overs legend MS Dhoni got a fitting tribute from new captain Virat Kohli after the former stepped down from captaincy after a nine year reign.
Kohli, who had tremendous success as skipper of the Test team was waiting in the wings and with Dhoni stepping down, Kohli will now captain India across all three formats.
In a tweet, Kohli said that Dhoni will always be his captain and that Dhoni has been an inspiring figure.
Thanks for always being the leader a youngster wants to have around him. Youll always be my captain @msdhoni Bhai-Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) January 6, 2017
It's just not Kohli but the entire cricketing world took to social media to hail Dhoni's leadership.Take a look.
Time to stand up and applaud a magnificent servant, and indeed leader, of Indian cricket. #Dhoni-Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) January 4, 2017
Clearly Dhoni thinks the moment has come. Thought he would quit after the Champions Trophy, but this is a selfless move.-Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) January 4, 2017
World T20, World Cup, Champions Trophy, Test No 1, IPL titles, Champions League titles. Everything in the game. #Dhoni-Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) January 4, 2017
Many memories, many emotions. But typical of a man who never hogged the limelight; even as captain of a World Cup winning team.-Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) January 4, 2017
Trying to think like #Dhoni. Kohli most likely 2019 World Cup captain, so best that he leads in the Champions Trophy so best he starts now.-Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) January 4, 2017
Good thing about this decision is that there is still no competition for Dhoni.Would be keen to know who he consulted though! Suspect nobody-Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) January 4, 2017
Now I wish Kohli should win 2017 Champions Trophy and hand over the cup to Dhoni also ask him to stand in the middle for team photo..-Broken Cricket (@BrokenCricket) January 4, 2017
I think @msdhoni will go down as one of India's most successful captains. He is a great man and still has a lot to offer Indian cricket.-Michael Clarke (@MClarke23) January 4, 2017
A true leader @msdhoni he influenced so many cricketing careers including mine when he asked me to open in the ICC Champions Trophy-Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) January 4, 2017
Will miss you at the helm @msdhoni-Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) January 4, 2017
As a captain, the achievements you have are outstanding & exemplary. You have set such high standards for the generations to follow @msdhoni-Pragyan Ojha (@pragyanojha) January 5, 2017
"If he had quit as a player, then I would have the been the first one outside his house, having a dharna, asking him to make a comeback. As a player, he is still a destroyer. He changes fortunes of the game in a single over. India needs him as a player very very badly. I am happy that he has decided to stay on as a player," Gavaskar said.
"Virat would definitely use him at number four or five because having him further down the order doesn't make any sense. Yes, he is a finisher but he can play a big innings at four or five and still end up as a finisher," Gavaskar said.
"The wicketkeeping will be a lot easier because he will not be thinking about the bowling changes and field placements, which can sometimes distract you," Gavaskar added.