Virat Kohli played another blinder of a knock to successfully guide India to a victory over Australia at Mohali. Chasing a steep total of 161, Kohli was the spine of India’s chase, as his breathtaking 82 just mauled the Australians.
In the post match presentation, skipper MS Dhoni admitted that relying on Kohli always would not be appropriate. Dhoni clearly stated that the other batsmen would have to step up as well. The likes of Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan have failed miserably in the World T20 so far and it’s high time for them to step up.
“It’s not the first time I have enjoyed his batting from the non-striker’s end. He has done it consistently from the last 2-3 years. We have seen him evolve as a cricketer. He has kept improving his game. He is very hungry to score for the team. Now the other batsmen need to step up too. Can’t always rely on him. I feel that we are batting at 65% of our potential barring Virat,” said Dhoni.
Dhoni also praised Yuvraj Singh for his efforts in the chase and said that the bowlers were very good in the middle overs. “Yuvraj Singh was very good with the ball and I felt that Pandya bowled well too. Yes it was a wicket where their natural length helps them. After the first six overs, they were not able to rotate strike. The credit needs to go to the bowlers for pulling the game back from the 6th over to the 14th over,” said Dhoni.
“Running between wickets is a key aspect of modern cricket. Every side has fielders who are not very quick. The moment you convert singles to doubles off the best fielders, the others get demotivated. More often than not they know that if these batsmen are hitting to me, it’s an easy two,” Dhoni said.