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Virat Kohli equals MS Dhoni’s long standing record

Indian team has been ruthless under Virat Kohli's leadership.

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Virat Kohli and Mahendra Singh Dhoni. (Photo by ISHARA S. KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images)

Indian skipper Virat Kohli has equalled the record of his predecessor MS Dhoni with 9 consecutive ODI wins under his leadership. Team India took an unassailable lead of 3-0 over Australia in the 5-match series by winning the 3rd ODI in Indore by 5 wickets. The hosts had earlier won the first two games by 26 and 50 runs in Chennai and Kolkata respectively. The rampant side will be aiming for a historic whitewash over the team from down under.

MS Dhoni‘s winning streak stretched from February 2008 to January 2009. However, Kohli has won the same number of games on the trot now and his run started from July 6 earlier this year with an eight-wicket win over Windies in the fifth and final match of that series at Sabina Park. They continued their dominance in Sri Lanka as humiliated the hosts and clean slated them by 5-0 in the One-Day International series. However, the trend has continued against Australia at home as well and are looking good to win more.

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Skipper leading from the front

Kohli and his ODI record is always been talked about for the pace at which he is consistently scoring tons of runs and that has continued even after he has taken over extra responsibility. He has excelled with the captaincy pressure and has scored two centuries and as many half-centuries in this victory run of the Men in Blue. He has been ably supported by his teammates who have chipped in whenever the team needed someone to.

Rohit Sharma shrugged off his rusty form and came back with a bang on Sunday. He was also the second highest run-getter in Sri Lanka series. Similarly, Shikhar Dhawan has been in the middle of some great form and lit up the island nation with his batting. The ever calm and cool MS Dhoni has shown his prowess with the bat and sharpness on the field. Also, the emergence of the all-rounder Hardik Pandya who has played a couple of match-winning knocks in last 3 games against the Aussies has worked wonders for the team.

Virat Kohli’s men would love to continue their dream run in the limited overs format with a couple more games left against the Kangaroos and then 3 each against New Zealand and Sri Lanka to follow.

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