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Gautam Gambhir reveals WHY MS Dhoni deserves full credit for Virat Kohli's Team India success

Kohli played his first Test series for India back in 2014, against a lethal England side and struggled to showcase his talent in the longest format of the game.

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Former Team India cricketer Gautam Gambhir has revealed how MS Dhoni deserves a lot of credit for putting faith in Virat Kohli during his poor start to his career.

Kohli played his first Test series for India back in 2014, against a lethal England side and struggled to showcase his talent in the longest format of the game.

The right-handed batsman failed to adapt to the England pacers and managed to score only 134 runs in 10 innings with James Anderson dismissing him four times in the series.

Despite all of this, the then Team India skipper MS Dhoni stuck with Kohli and believed in his ability and quality.

As per Gambhir, that series would have been the end of Kohli's Test career but thanks to Dhoni, the now Indian captain got another opportunity.

"I totally agree with Laxman bhai. The sort of series it was in 2014, even I was there on that tour," Gambhir said.

"You have to give credit to MS Dhoni because a lot of careers have ended after such a series, especially in one format."

"But he gave that kind of security to Virat Kohli plus his own eagerness," he added.

Virat did return the favour to Dhoni and scored 692 runs in eight innings against Australia the following year. 

Kohli has scored 7240 runs in 86 Tests and is already the sixth-highest run-getter for India in the longest format of the game.

The 31-year-old has so far smashed seven double-centuries - the most by an Indian cricketer - with an average of 53.62.

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