Dhoni's innings highly commendable, says Kohli

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Updated: Monday, February 25, 2013, 11:09 [IST]
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Kohli lavishes praise on skipper Dhoni

Chennai, Feb 25: India's Virat Kohli on Sunday (February 24) heaped praise on skipper MS Dhoni, as he said only a few players can score a double hundred in a Test match.

MS Dhoni's unbeaten 206 off 243 balls was the highlight of Day 3, as the skipper coming in at No 6, played a brilliant knock that gave India the much needed boost as they posted 515/8 against Australia in the first Test at Chennai.

The first Indian wicket-keeper to achieve the feat, deserved all the credit as India's rising star Virat Kohli also lavished praise on the skipper.

"His (Dhoni) strike-rate was 87 per cent (84.55) which is quite brilliant. Only a few players are there in the world who can do that," said Kohli onn Sunday.

"It was brilliant batting especially coming in at the fall of Sachin Tendulkar's wicket. The way he batted was usual for him and when he is in flow he can hit the ball a mile," Kohli told PTI after the day's play on Sunday.

Kohli amazed by Dhoni's batting display also added that coming at No 6 and playing such an innings was highly commendable. Though the skipper has recorded such feats in the shorter version of the game, this was the first time he recorded a double hundred in Tests.

"I have seen him bat like this in the ODIs. I think his knock of 183 against Sri Lanka but ODIs are different."

"But when you analyse the situation of playing with a tail-ender and take strike when you wanted and hit the ball when it is needed, it is totally a great display of batting in temperament wise, hitting the ball cleanly and assessing the situation as well by Dhoni today. Especially, in Test matches it is not easy to play with the lower order and making 200 plus score with a lower order is commendable thing."

When asked if Dhoni should continue to bat at No 6, Kohli refused to comment as he said, "I cannot say anything unless he stays in that slot for a long time. He has been batting at No 7 for a while and did not get ample opportunities to get big runs. People doubted his Test batting. He was not getting ample opportunities and when the team is five down, if he has to go, negotiate the situation and get a hundred, it will be quite difficult.

"Coming at number six, there are more opportunities to get settled and he is one of the more experienced guy to play with the lower order. He knows how to play with lower order. That is huge difference that he could make coming at number six in Test matches. It might just be the click work for us in batting order."


Story first published:  Monday, February 25, 2013, 10:55 [IST]
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