Kohli backs Dhoni

Former India cricketers Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman may have reasons to criticize Dhoni for his slow batting in the beginning of India innings, but Team India captain Virat Kohli has all praise for the stumper.

This is what he said after the match against West Indies on Thursday. : “(About Dhoni) He looks what he wants to do, and anybody can have off-days. When he has off-days, everybody starts talking. We back him, and the best thing is when you need extra 15-20 runs in the end, he does that well. He knows how to bat with the tail. His experience, eight out of 10 times, works for us.

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We have quite a few players who play instinctive cricket. He’s one guy who sends out a message that what the par score is on a pitch. If he says 265 is a good score on a pitch, we don’t aim for 300 and end up scoring 230. He’s a legend for us, and hopefully he’ll continue.

The last two games, things haven’t gone as we thought it would, but we’ve found ways of winning. The intensity in the field in the first 15 overs is something really good. Bodies on the line, and mindset. We feel we can win from any situation.”

This is what Kohli may have said about his batting and people have started debating his batting order.

“Hardik Pandya should have been sent ahead of Dhoni”, the fans have started murmuring.

In the meantime, the ICC has opened the debate by posing the video of Dhoni and Pak. wk and captain Sarfaraz \Nawaz on its twitter handle and have sought the opinion, who did it better?

For the record, Dhoni conceded 9 bye runs in the match against West Indies. It is the most conceded by him in the ODIs.

If the wicket-keeper fumbles or misses the ball, the batsmen may be able to score runs safely. These runs are scored as byes.

Dhoni will be 38 next month.

-Bipin Dani

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