Did Dhoni-Kohli enter into 'verbal spat' before Kanpur ODI?

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Kanpur, Oct 12: Things aren't going well between Team India's ODI captain MS Dhoni and Test skipper Virat Kohli. As per reports Dhoni and Kohli entered into a verbal spat following inclusion of Ajinkya Rahane in the playing XI which eventually resulted in change of Virat's batting order during ODI against Sout Africa in Kanpur.

As per reports Kohli, who enjoys batting at no. 3, wasn't happy with his demotion in the batting order to accommodate Rahane in the squad.

Match scorecard; Match report; Photos

With top three - Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli - selecting themselves for the series opener at Green Park, Dhoni was opposed to bringing Rahane lower down the order.

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It was during the discussion over Kohli's batting order which ultimately led to a verbal spat between the captain and the vice captain. However, Dhoni denied to such rumours later in the day.

Notwithstanding criticism for making Ajinkya Rahane warm benches, Indian skipper MS Dhoni, had a day before Kanpur ODI, hinted that the talented batsman may not feature in the playing eleven for the first ODI against South Africa as he fits into the setup only in the 'top three' batting slots.

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Dhoni, who had earlier criticised Rahane for not rotating the strike enough in limited overs, had said that the Mumbai batsman should only bat at the top of the order and not at five or six.

"I think four is the number for Rahane. Even four is quite low for him I would say," said Dhoni on the eve of the match. But, Dhoni shocked all when he announced Rahane made it to the playing XI.

After losing the first of their five-match One-Day International (ODI) series by a slender margin of five runs against South Africa here on Sunday, India captain MS Dhoni said it was a game they should have won and they should have scored more runs between 36 to 40 overs, the period when Kohli was on the crease. 

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Virat scored 11 runs (18 balls) in the match while Rahane scored 60 runs in 82 deliveries. 

However, such reports are not new, rumours of clash of thoughts between Dhoni and Kohli started coming from time to time ever since India toured Australia last year.

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