Dhoni 'very integral' part of team, says captain Kohli
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Dhoni 'very integral' part of team, says captain Kohli

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India captain Virat Kohli has said Mahendra Singh Dhoni continues to play a key role in their limited-overs team despite the wicketkeeper-batsman being omitted for upcoming Twenty20 matches against West Indies and Australia.

India's chief selector MSK Prasad said Rishabh Pant and Dinesh Karthik had been drafted in for six T20s this month as the side look to identify a backup wicketkeeper to Dhoni.

While the decision to omit Dhoni raised questions about the long-serving wicketkeeper's future in the shortest format of the game, Prasad said the 37-year-old was merely being rested.

Kohli, speaking to reporters on Thursday after his side secured a 3-1 victory over West Indies in their five-match one-day international series, gave short shrift to questions regarding Dhoni's future.

"I think the selector has already addressed this if I'm not wrong," he said.

"And he's been spoken to firstly... So, I don't see any reason why I should be sitting here and explaining that. I think the selector has come out and explained exactly what happened.

"I think people are putting too much variables into this situation, which is not the case I can assure you of that," Kohli said.

By sitting out the T20s, Dhoni was giving an opportunity to younger players to get much-needed expereince, Kohli said.

"He's still a very integral part of this team and he just feels that in the T20 format, someone like ...

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