The buzz can be heard loud. There are sections in the media and fans who want Virat Kohli to take over the limited-overs captaincy from MS Dhoni. Why not? Dhoni has already captained for nine years and many believe it is Kohli’s time now, the man who has led Team India to the number one position in the ICC Test rankings. With the Champions Trophy to be played in 2017 and the World Cup in 2019, it is ideal time to groom a new captain but that will be up to the selectors to decide. Currently, India are locking horns against New Zealand in a five-match One-Day International (ODI) series.

Ahead of the series, Dhoni made it clear that he is using Kohli’s advice more often and relies more on his vice-captain. Speaking to press, Dhoni said, I have already started using him (Kohli) more. If you witness a match you will see I have more interactions with him on the field because two individuals of course will conduct in different ways, said Dhoni on the eve of the first ODI at Dharamsala. He also said that his own role in the side has not changed much but now has the additional responsibility of mentoring the future generation. ALSO READ: MS Dhoni s biopic crosses 100 cr mark

Dhoni retired from Tests in December 2014 and passed the mantle to Kohli. However, in limited-overs cricket he has continued to captain. India had a good run in the ICC World Cup 2015 till Australia beat them in the semi-final. India have not enjoyed a good run in ODIs under Dhoni since then. They lost series against Bangladesh, South Africa, Australia before whitewashing Zimbabwe earlier this year. The series against the competitive Kiwis will be extremely important for Dhoni and his fortunes as the Indian limited-overs captain.

(Inputs from PTI)