Good to see Kohli going for big shots, lauds Dhoni

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Published: Monday, January 21, 2013, 10:47 [IST]
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Kohli played a superb innings: Dhoni

Ranchi, Jan 21: Team India skipper MS Dhoni defended Virat Kohli and heaped praise on the Delhi batsman for scoring a magnificent 77 against England in the third ODI at Ranchi on Saturday.

Virat had not played well in the last few matches which had led to a lot of speculation about his form. The Delhi-batsman had scored 65 off 4 outings, at an average of 16.25.

A half century on Saturday helped him reach the fourth spot in the table of top run-scorers in the year 2013 with 142 off 5 matches at an average of 35.50.

MS Dhoni (204), Yuvraj Singh (155), Suresh Raina (154) and Virat Kohli (142) are leading the table while Pakistan's Nasir Jamshed is placed fifth with 140 runs off 2 matches played this year.

Dhoni after the win against England at his hometown, Ranchi praised Virat Kohli for showing a lot of patience and being defensive to guide India safe.

"Virat (Kohli) played a superb innings. He has had a good patch. However, he did not score runs in the last 3-4 matches. The media sometimes rates that as being 'out of form' but I do not think that. When you are batting so well you have a few days when you don't perform."

Dhoni lauded Virat Kohli's 79-ball 77 which included 9 boundaries and 2 sixes and said that the youngster had planned his innings very well.

"It was good to see how he placed his innings and how calculative he was, not being afraid to go for the big shots," said the India skipper.

With Kohli striking form, the remaining two ODIs would be interesting to watch as India has also recorded a 2-1 lead in the five match series against England.


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