It helps a lot when you bat with a player like MS Dhoni: Virat Kohli
Kohli and Dhoni added 82 runs for the fourth wicket.
Updated - Jan 16, 2019 7:54 pm
Ambati Rayudu, after struggling during his 36-ball painstaking 24-run knock, lobbed one up off Glenn Maxwell after which India’s score read 160/3 in the 31st over. MS Dhoni walked out to bat for a resounding applause but more importantly, the team needed a partnership at that point with Virat Kohli batting well together. As it turned out, the duo made sure that the required run-rate didn’t go out of control and India eventually won the game.
Kohli and Dhoni added 82 runs for the fourth wickets at a strike-rate of 100 and the former fell after scoring a scintillating ton. It was tough to score boundaries on a big ground which led to them running a lot of singles and doubles swiftly. The Indian captain highlighted the same after the match and was all praise of the veteran who kept calming him during the heroic chase.
He communicates a lot
Virat Kohli, in a candid interview to BCCI which was hosted by ever charismatic Yuzvendra Chahal, gave an insight on what went through between him and MS dhoni in the middle. “I think it is better to slow down the game at that point. It is important to rotate strikes. When a player like Mahi bhai arrives, he communicates a lot. It helps a lot to discuss whether I should take a risk or not,” he said.
The 30-year-old also reflected on how Dhoni keeps calming down his partner and urges him to not lose his wicket by playing an unecessary shot. “He keeps calming down the player on the other end, and keeps saying that there is a lot of time to go in the match. Hence, we bat together so well because we keep moving the scoreboard along, without too many risks,” Kohli further said.
Despite Kohli getting out with the match still in the balance, Dhoni brought his finishing skills to the fore and helped India level the three-match series.