Dhoni backs Kohli for unparalleled India success

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MS Dhoni thinks Virat Kohli can lead the most successful side in India's history and admitted to long-held doubts about split-captaincy in the national set-up.

Dhoni stepped down as India's limited-overs captain last week, with Kohli adding the responsibility to his role as Test skipper to take the reins in all three formats.

The wicketkeeper-batsman expects Kohli to forge history in the position and develop a side that will comfortably better his record.

"That's the kind of potential they have [to become India's most successful side], that's the kind of experience they have," said Dhoni.

"If it is [about] the numbers, I think Virat and this team will win more games than me in all the formats."

Kohli took over the Test captaincy from Dhoni in December 2014, and the latter never felt sharing responsibilities would be effective.

However, he wanted to lighten the burden on his team-mate and waited for "the right time" to step away from his role in the one-day international and Twenty20 sides.

He said: "Right from the start, when I left Test captainship, I knew split captaincy doesn't work in India, doesn't work in our set-up.

"I was waiting for the right time. I wanted Virat to ease into the Test format. With so many games, I feel he is right there.

"With this kind of decision, there is no wrong decision in it. It is just the timing. I feel this is the time.

"I felt it was the right time to move on. If I would've stayed till the Champions Trophy, nothing much changes."