I hope MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli do not bat together very often: Brendon McCullum
Former New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum has said that he is not surprised by MS Dhoni’s decision to promote himself in the batting order. One of the best finishers in the game in the last decade and so, the Indian skipper has found it tough to play his natural game and promoted himself ar number four in the batting order to get maximum playing time. The performance has been a mixed one so far from Dhoni. His vital knock of 80 runs in the third ODI was a proof that he can bat at higher positions.
Speaking to India Today, McCullum said that the motive behind Dhoni’s decision to promote himself in the lineup would have been to make more impact in the game.
“I am definitely not surprised (with Dhoni doing well at No.4). He is a terrific leader of men as well. Now that he does not play Test cricket his focus is squarely on the limited overs games. It means he can have more impact on matches which is why I think he has pushed himself up the order and he has delivered and that is what world class players do,” McCullum said.
The former cricketer said that the Indian team has got two of the best chasers in the world in the form of MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli. The duo added 151 runs in the third match to help the team chase down 285 quite easily against the Kiwis.
“You have got two very experienced cricketers who are very calm under pressure and know how to win games. Chasing score is not easy and these two understand the art of it. For the sake of all other teams in the world I hope they do not bat together very often but I am sure for India’s sake you guys are enjoying two of your leaders standing up and performing in pressure situations”, McCullum said.
Virat Kohli, in particular, has been in sensational form this year and has continued that form in this series too. With 293 runs, he is the highest run-getter in the series. McCullum said that the world should enjoy watching a batsman who is performing ‘day in and day out’.
“Definitely Virat has been one of the best batsmen in the world for a number of years. He does it in Test cricket, ODIs and he also had a wonderful last season in the IPL. His ability to be consistent in what is an inconsistent game is a mark of how world class he is. At just 27 years of age I think we should all just enjoy the fact that we have got one of the geniuses at work over the next few years” said the 35-year-old.
Ever since Kohli has started piling up runs for the Indian team, he has been compared with batting great Sachin Tendulkar. However, McCullum said that people should forget the comparison and just enjoy his game.
“Let us just enjoy a guy who is on top of his game and he is entertaining crowds all over the world and performing day in and day out. I think comparisons are so difficult in this game, you know there are different conditions, different eras, different circumstances, but we should not fail to realise we have got an incredibly good player who is operating at the world stage at the moment,” he concluded.
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