Kohli- Dhoni’s praising session after the match
Kohli- Dhoni’s praising session after the match:- Indian cricket team’s captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and vice-captain Virat Kohli praised each other for their batting roles in leading India to a comfortable seven-wicket win over Kiwis in the third One-Day International, on Sunday in Mohali.
Kohli scored a successful 154 off just 134 balls to help India take a 2-1 lead in the ongoing five-match series. Dhoni (80) played second to Kohli, and scored his 26th ODI century, in his total 151-run to chase down New Zealand’s total of 285 all out with spare 10 balls.
What all Dhoni said?
“It (century) happened because of Virat’s helps; the reason is that both of us can hit boundaries and push ourselves for those singles and doubles,” Dhoni said
after the match.
“Right from the beginning, he is someone who always wants to improve and win games for India. He is someone who has learnt a lot. He knows his strength and executes his plans well. If he can bat the way he is batting, every individual will be happy. He is not only made the fans proud, but also the family. That is what you look to do.”
Dhoni said that he intentionally promoted himself up the batting order with the intention to play freely. On the other hand, Dhoni crossed is 9000 runs mark in ODIs during his 80-run knock in India’s seven-wicket win.
“Have always batted in the lower order for a long time. Out of the 280 games I have played, I think for 200 of them I have batted down. So the decision was to go up and then express myself. It’s important for me at this stage of my career,” he said.
“That is what my thinking was – to just go out and express myself,” Dhoni added.
Dhoni said that he felt they should have won the second ODI at New Delhi but did not approach the match with any hangover of an unexpected defeat.
Kohli said it was very important for him and Dhoni to build a partnership to lay the foundation for the victory.
“It was great to see MS at four. We could build a partnership and we scored 150 and then Manish Pandey also held on his own and gave me the confidence,” he said.
New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson also mentioned the Kohli-Dhoni partnership as the turning point of the match.
“It is not always an easy chase, but MS and Virat played nicely. If you take early wickets, it makes it look like a good total. We did that but then those two just came out, put on 150 and took the game away,” he said.
“Boys tried hard but it was not to be. Its all part of the game, you want to catch all of them but it does not always happen.”