Virat Kohli blasts MS Dhoni critics: He is an intelligent cricketer, give him space

first_imgBrief Scores: India (234/3; Dhoni 87*, Jadhav 61*) beat Australia (230; Chahal 6 for 42) by 7 wickets to win ODI series 2-1. Full ScorecardVirat Kohli doffed his hat to MS Dhoni after India won their first bilateral ODI series in Australia. Dhoni top-scored with an unbeaten 87 as India chased down 231 in Melbourne to win by 7 wickets and take the series 2-1.In three ODIs, Dhoni scored three fifties and aggregated 193 runs, the second most after Shaun Marsh. Dhoni was named man-of-the-series for the seventh time. In fact, he became the oldest Indian to win the award. Questioned in the past, especially after an ordinary 2018, Dhoni answered his critics in style.Last year, Dhoni managed only 275 runs from 20 ODIs. Critics had started wondering if Dhoni was past his prime. Some suggested he went back to play domestic cricket to stay in shape for international cricket. Rishabh Pant, meanwhile, went from strength to strength and finished as the second highest run-scorer in the Test series.Kohli, who has defended Dhoni fiercely in the past, lashed out at MSD critics after India wrapped up the series win.”I think as a team we are very happy for MS. It’s important to get runs under your belt to get the rhythm back,” Kohli told the media on Friday.”He will build on this performance in the series. Every batsman needs that kind of rhythm and runs next to your name to gain confidence. People say a lot of things on the outside. As an individual, I know that nobody is more committed to Indian cricket than MS.advertisement”They should let him figure out things on his own and what he needs to do. He is one of the most intelligent cricketers and he is not someone who is not aware about what needs to be done. As a team we are totally in sync with what he is doing and we are all very happy for him,” said Kohli.’NO.5 IDEAL SPOT FOR DHONI’When Virat Kohli took over as India’s limited-overs captain in 2017, he had expressed his desire to see MS Dhoni bat up the order. Now that Dhoni has started playing those match-winning knocks at No.4, the Indian team has at last found the much needed balance.For two years, India struggled to fill in Nos 4 and 5. With MS Dhoni returning to form months before the World Cup, Virat Kohli can afford to tick a lot of boxes.”Dhoni batted at number four in 2016 for a while. But after that he has been pretty happy playing at five and six for the team. We felt that number five was the ideal position for him. And if you saw him bat at Adelaide as well he was pretty comfortable in that position because that allows him to do a bit of both – get some game time as well as finish games off, attacking as and when required,” Kohli said.Also Read | Ready to bat anywhere for Team India, says MS DhoniAlso Read | Born to chase: MS Dhoni leaves fans awestruck after MCG masterclassAlso Read | After no fifty in 2018, MS Dhoni has 3 fifties from 3 ODIs in 2019Also Read | Virat Kohli becomes first Indian captain to win Test and ODI series in AustraliaAlso Read | Virat Kohli in Australia 2018-19: Average as batsman, outstanding as captainlast_img