Virat Kohli is a fighting character, says Dhoni

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Published: Tuesday, September 4, 2012, 12:37 [IST]
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Dhoni lavishes praise on Virat Kohli

Bangalore, Sep 4: Team India skipper MS Dhoni heaped praise on the 23-year-old Virat Kohli who played a fabulous knock under pressure in the second Test at Bangalore on Monday.

The match that was evenly poised as India had lost five wickets in the second innings,

After a 77-run opening stand, India lost Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir for 38 and 34 respectively as India were at 83/2 chasing 261 to win.

While Cheteshwar Pujara and Sachin Tendulkar helped India regain momentum, both fell after Tea, as it all depended on Virat Kohli and MSS Dhoni as Raina also failed to guide India to a victory.

India lost 3 wickets for 14 runs which put a lot of pressure on the youngster, who was at crease.

MS Dhoni, who added 96 runs alongwith Kohli for the 6th wicket to seal a win for India, said the Delhi-lad played extremely well under pressure.

"Virat played a magnificent innings. He's a fighting character. He knows how to soak pressure... brilliant temperament. There are two ways to tackle the pressure - either you fight through it or you just soak it. I believe Virat really batted well. He is also a good slip and close catcher," said Dhoni who scored the winning runs to seal a five wicket win for India at Bangalore on Monday.

Virat Kohli received more accolades for his performance in the Bangalore Test, as he scored a magnificent ton in the first innings and a brilliant half century in the second innings, which won him the man of the match.

New Zealand skipper Ross Taylor also praised Virat Kohli, and said the youngster tookt he game away from Kiwis, as they had chances to win after dismissing India to 166/5.

"We had our chances to win this Test after getting early wickets. But Kohli was outstanding. He stood like a rock," said Taylor.

With an amazing performance, Virat Kohli scored 212 runs off 3 innings, at an average of 106 with a highest score of 103 in the second Test at Bangalore.

The young lad scored a ton and two fifties to become the second highest run-getter in the series as Cheteshwar Pujara was the highest run-scorer with 216 runs with a ton in the first Test.

Virat Kohli has so far added 501 runs off 5 matches in 2012, and is the highest run-scorer for India this calendar year, as MS Dhoni and Virender Sehwag have scored 256 and 252 respectively.

With an amazing performance in the Test series against New Zealand, Team India hope Kohli continues to perform well as they have 8 more Tests coming up this season against England and Australia.


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