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Friday, 19 April 2019

India lucky to have Dhoni: Kohli


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India are lucky to have someone with MS Dhoni's ability and experience in the side and the long-serving wicketkeeper-batsman is going to be crucial to their Cricket World Cup chances, according to captain Virat Kohli.

Dhoni has played 341 one-day internationals, scoring 10,500 runs at an average of just under 51. His sharp glove work makes him first-choice 'keeper in the limited-overs format.

He will turn 38 during the World Cup in England and, while still supremely fit, a sub-par 2018 helped to fuel suggestions that age had diminished his batting ability.

Dhoni, India's 2011 World Cup-winning captain, has boosted his batting this year, scoring more than 300 runs in nine ODIs, including four half-centuries - three in a row during the Australian tour.

Kohli's call for Dhoni

"He is one person who knows the game inside out, who understands the game from ball one to 300 on the field," Kohli told India Today. "I won't say it is a luxury to have him, but I am fortunate to have a mind like that behind the stumps."

Dhoni was once India's best finisher and no target was out of reach.

While some were calling for Dhoni to be dropped during his dip, Kohli said he had earned the right to regain form.

"It was important to give him space, for which people did not have much patience at that time. Now after 12 months, people are saying he is the most-important factor in the World Cup, which is true. We knew deep down all along."

Lack of clarity over the No.4 batting spot might still prove a headache for Kohli during the May 30-July 14 tournament.

India have included top-order batsman KL Rahul, wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik and allrounder Vijay Shankar in their squad, but there has been no standout candidate for No.4.

"There were a few combinations that we tried. Eventually, when Vijay came in, it was three dimensional - he can bowl; he can field; he can bat. He is a proper batsman.

"That just gave us an option, saying why not have that kind of balance, which other teams have had all these years.

"We are pretty sorted with how we want to go about the World Cup. Obviously, who bats where is the decision for later."

India begin their campaign on 5 June against South Africa in Southampton.

India are lucky to have someone with MS Dhoni's ability and experience in the side and the long-serving wicketkeeper-batsman is going to be crucial to their Cricket World Cup chances, according to captain Virat Kohli.

Dhoni has played 341 one-day internationals, scoring 10,500 runs at an average of just under 51. His sharp glove work makes him first-choice 'keeper in the limited-overs format.

He will turn 38 during the World Cup in England and, while still supremely fit, a sub-par 2018 helped to fuel suggestions that age had diminished his batting ability.

Dhoni, India's 2011 World Cup-winning captain, has boosted his batting this year, scoring more than 300 runs in nine ODIs, including four half-centuries - three in a row during the Australian tour.

Kohli's call for Dhoni

"He is one person who knows the game inside out, who understands the game from ball one to 300 on the field," Kohli told India Today. "I won't say it is a luxury to have him, but I am fortunate to have a mind like that behind the stumps."

Dhoni was once India's best finisher and no target was out of reach.

While some were calling for Dhoni to be dropped during his dip, Kohli said he had earned the right to regain form.

"It was important to give him space, for which people did not have much patience at that time. Now after 12 months, people are saying he is the most-important factor in the World Cup, which is true. We knew deep down all along."

Lack of clarity over the No.4 batting spot might still prove a headache for Kohli during the May 30-July 14 tournament.

India have included top-order batsman KL Rahul, wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik and allrounder Vijay Shankar in their squad, but there has been no standout candidate for No.4.

"There were a few combinations that we tried. Eventually, when Vijay came in, it was three dimensional - he can bowl; he can field; he can bat. He is a proper batsman.

"That just gave us an option, saying why not have that kind of balance, which other teams have had all these years.

"We are pretty sorted with how we want to go about the World Cup. Obviously, who bats where is the decision for later."

India begin their campaign on 5 June against South Africa in Southampton.

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