Cricket

Kohli comes out in support of Dhoni

2017-11-08 12:35
Virat Kohli (Getty)

Cape Town - India captain Virat Kohli has defended MS Dhoni after the veteran wicketkeeper received plenty of criticism during the T20I series against New Zealand. 

Although India won the three-match series two-one after snatching the deciding game on Tuesday, Dhoni copped a lot of flak for his batting displays, especially during the second T20I. 

Chasing a target of 197 on a flat surface, the 36-year-old Dhoni scored a 37-ball 49 in Rajkot but initially struggled to find the boundaries that was required at the start of his innings as India lost that game by 40 runs. 

Former internationals, including Agit Agarkar and VVS Laxman, has called for Dhoni to be dropped from T20Is in favour of a younger player so that India have a succession plan for after the 2019 World Cup.

However, Kohli has now come in support of the former India skipper saying he is still as fit as ever and still contributes to the team. 

Speaking about Dhoni, Kohli said on Tuesday after the third T20I: "First, I don't understand why are people only pointing him out, I'm not able to understand this. 

"If I fail three times, no one is going to point fingers at me because I'm not over 35. The guy is fit, he is passing all the fitness tests, he is contributing to the team in every way possible, tactically on the field, with the bat. 

"If you look at the series against Sri Lanka and Australia, he did really well and in this series he hasn't got much time to bat. 

"As team management and players, we understand the situations in which he goes out to bat. We don't get emotional and excited by the opinions of people who are looking at things from a different point of view. 

"If you are playing, you know how the wicket is and what the situation is like. So, I think he is doing absolutely fine. He understands his game, he understands his role, but it doesn't come off every time."

Read more on:    india  |  virat kohli  |  ms dhoni  |  cricket
NEXT ON SPORT24X

What To Read Next

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

The 2017/18 PSL season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs
Vote

The Proteas have announced plans to play a four-day Test against Zimbabwe starting on Boxing Day. What do you make of this?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.