first_imgKohli has been in great touch since landing in Australia, with two hundreds and two half-centuries in the five-match ODI series, and now an unbeaten 90 in this first T20I. Dhoni was effusive in his praise for the star batsman. “I think in Adelaide theyll be naming a stand after him (Kohli), the amount of runs hes scoring. By the time he ends his career, quite a few Australian grounds will have his stand,” said Dhoni. “But yes, he?s batting really well. When he is taking the risk of playing a big shot, he calculates it well. Also, he is someone who looks to score in front of the wicket. Of course hes a good cutter and puller of the ball also, but at the same time, he looks to hit in front of the wicket and that always gives you more chances of success. “He is someone who reads the game also very well. Right from the very start, whenever we had any kind of interaction, he was always looking to improve himself as a cricketer. If you have that kind of curiosity, it helps you become a better cricketer. Its good when youngsters grab a chance with both hands when they get it. I feel Virat did it really well once he got a chance to bat up the order,” he added. In the end though, Dhoni was just happy to continue the team?s winning run since Sydney, after losing four ODIs on the trot before that. Both these wins have been team efforts, and thus it will be imperative that the Men in Blue continue doing so, as they look to build to the World T20 at home. “In a team sport, its important that you do well as a team. This was a comprehensive win and it felt nice as a team. Virats contribution was very important. The new players who came in ? Yuvraj and Raina ? they had only one net session. It would have been a little difficult if they had to bat earlier or more, they could have been under some pressure, because after one net session here, its not easy to straightaway hit big shots. I felt Raina batted well in that regard. “But the main thing we needed to see was how the bowlers bowled, and I think they did well. In the short formats, you tend to go for runs but we should see how many dot balls have been bowled. And we bowled quite a few, even initially, fours and sixes were going but the fast bowlers bowled dot balls. And after that Jadeja and Ashwin bowled well which was very crucial for us,” Dhoni signed off. PTI CN AT ATadvertisementlast_img