Would Like To Learn To Strike The Right Balance In ODIs From Mahendra Singh Dhoni: Virat Kohli
The three-match ODI series between India and England is a highly anticipated one, since it marks the beginning of Virat Kohli’s era as the skipper across all formats for team India. Kohli has found stupendous success in Test matches as he has taken the team to the absolute pinnacle of the ICC Test Rankings. His enthusiastic and passionate style of leadership has engulfed the team with several positives.
As Kohli braces up for the challenge of leading India in the shorter formats now, the focus remains on his rapport with Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
Dhoni, after leading the team for nearly a decade, is bound to be an ideal advisor for Kohli in between. On the eve of the game, Kohli spoke about having Dhoni around and why the latter’s views about the game would be priceless and help him settle down.
“He (Dhoni) has been successful because he has been able to find the right balance in being offensive and understanding how to slow things down when the opposition is dominating,” said Kohli. “That has been his biggest strength and I would like to understand that. Would like to understand to strike the balance as it happens in the shorter formats quicker.
“Having played a lot of white ball cricket and batting at 3, I have had a good understanding of how things go and how situations can turn,” he added. “Thus being a top order batsman, helps you think in the field what the opposition batsman might be thinking. The thing I would like to execute from his (Dhoni’s) captaincy would be to strike the right balance.”
The Indian skipper went on to say that he would love to take on most of the responsibilities.
“I would love to take on the bulk of the responsibilities now,” Kohli said. “To bat through the innings, hold one end, let the others express themselves.”
“Sometimes the burden of captaincy can restrict you as a batsman, so I’m sure he (Dhoni) will be able to express himself as a batsman and be able to experiment with his offensive skills,” said Kohli, about MS Dhoni batting without the captaincy burden.
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