India skipper Virat Kohli heaped praise on his illustrious predecessor MS Dhoni for his fine fifty against West Indies. Dhoni, who was being criticised for his slow knock against Afghanistan last week, held India’s innings together and guided the team to a competitive total. India was in a spot of bother after losing Virat Kohli.
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At the time of Kohli’s departure, India was reeling at 180 for 5 in the 39th over. But before West Indies could make further inroads in the game, Dhoni made sure to guide India to a good total. As usual, he took his time early on before playing the big shots. He remained unbeaten on 55 as India finished on 268 for 7. In the final over of the innings, Dhoni hit Oshane Thomas for two sixes and a four to finish strongly.
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The score turned out to be more than enough in the end as India bowled out West Indies for just 143 to register an impressive 125-run win. Mohammed Shami was the pick of the bowlers, picking up 4 wickets while Jasprit Bumrah and Yuzvendra Chahal picked up two apiece.
Speaking at the end of the game, Virat Kohli was all praise for MS Dhoni. The India skipper also hit out at the critics for the way they target Dhoni on every possible opportunity.
“Dhoni knows exactly what he wants to do in the middle. When he has an off day here and there, everyone starts talking. We always back him. He has won us so many games. The best thing about having someone like him is when you need those 15-20 runs, he knows exactly how to get them. His experience, 8 out of 10 times has come good for us,” Virat Kohli said at the post-match presentation ceremony.
“We have quite a few players who play instinctive cricket and follow their game plans. He’s such a keen understanding of the game. Always sends us feedback, that you know 260 is a good score. He’s a legend of the game. We all know that. Just hope he can continue,” he added.
India will next take on England in the tournament on Sunday. India are currently second in the points table with 11 points from 6 games.