The vice captain of the Indian cricket team, Virat Kohli scored a much needed fifty after having a lean patch in international cricket for a good span of time. Yesterday, he was dropped down in the batting order and it did not affect his batting much. MS Dhoni lauded Kohli for agreeing to being dropped in the batting order for the sake of the team.
MS Dhoni also hinted of the fact that the strategy might continue for quite sometime. This strategy worked quite well for India. Kohli was seen much more comfortable batting at the 4th spot. But it can not be forgotten that he has been at his prime success batting on the third spot.
Kohli scored his 31st ODI fifty yesterday and he was a part of the great partnership between him and Raina. The 105 run partnership helped India to pose a defendable total against West Indies. India finally managed to secure a 48 run victory over West Indies and thus levelled the series 1-1.
Dhoni said that Kohli is very much experienced and he knows very well what the team wants from him. He also said that the team were able to convince him to bat down the order and he understood of the fact that it was good for the team and also for himself. Dhoni also said that they have to look at everything.
Dhoni also added that Virat is a kind of player who plays at a brisk pace and if someone does well at number 3 position and if Virat himself is comfortable at number 4, then it will be good for the team as a whole.
Ambati Rayudu was sent to bat at number 3 yesterday and he batted slowly for his 32. He poised his innings slowly.
Dhoni also said that it is good for the team if the most experienced players of the team bat at the middle and the lower middle order.
Chasing down 264, West Indies were off to a fine start and were at 170 for 2 initially but they ended up losing 8 wickets at a span of scoring 45 runs. Some bowling changes by Dhoni worked brilliantly for the team.
MS Dhoni finally added that he is pretty much hopeful that Kohli will be in great form in the new position and he looked pressure free yesterday.