India captain Virat Kohli assured MS Dhoni continues to play a key role in their limited-overs team despite the wicketkeeper-batsman being omitted for upcoming T20 series against West Indies and Australia.
Speaking to the press after the win against West Indies in the fifth ODI in Thiruvananthapuram, Kohli suggested that Dhoni was just allowing young players more opportunities and there wasn't anything more to the story.
"He's still a very integral part of this team," Kohli said. "He just feels that in the T20 format, someone like Rishabh [Pant] can get more chances. He anyway plays the ODIs for us regularly, so from that point of view, he's only trying to help the youngsters, nothing that other people are thinking. I, as captain, can certainly assure you of that."
Kohli said that the selectors had spoken to Dhoni about the whole process, although he [Kohli] wasn't personally part of that meeting.
"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 was not part of that conversation, so it is what the selector explained. I think people are putting too much variables into the situation, which is not the case. I can assure you of that."