MS Dhoni (left) and Virat Kohli, the 2 pillars of Team India (Image courtesy: Getty)
MS Dhoni (left) and Virat Kohli, the 2 pillars of Team India (Image courtesy: Getty)

Virat Kohli and David Warner are similar in many ways. Both are feisty characters and bold leaders. They are also amongst the best batsmen in contemporary cricket. While Warner has been successful as an IPL skipper, Kohli has nicely stepped into MS Dhoni’s shoes as India’s captain across formats. Looking at Kohli’s success graph, it can be safely said that he has begun his voyage to be the country’s most successful skipper. Ahead of the third ODI between India and Australia at Indore, Warner credited Dhoni’s calm influence for Kohli’s success as a captain. ALSO READ: Indian conditions should not be excuse for Australia, says Warner

“MS Dhoni brought a sense of calmness to his captaincy. He did a great job as captain and he is still doing a great job, nurturing Virat and that is a great thing to do for a former captain. He is nurturing Virat and that is a good thing to do for both men,” Warner was told reporters as quoted by India Today.

Warner at the same time warned that Kohli’s true test as captain will be when the going will get tough for the team. India will tour overseas, starting with South Africa early next year and Kohli will have a massive role to play in the overseas games.

“Virat has not had a lot of non-success as captain but the real challenge comes when you start losing games. We are here for another three matches to go and hopefully we can turn that around and maybe we will see a different captain,” Warner warned.

Australia are currently trailing in the series 0-2, with the third game to be played at Indore on Sunday.