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‘Don’t make big deal out of Virat’s dismissal’

‘Don’t make big deal out of Virat’s dismissal’
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Thursday defended an under-fire Virat Kohli for his indiscreet shot selection in the lost semifinal clash against Australia in the World Cup on Thursday.

Chasing an imposing 329 for a win, India were bundled out for 233 in 46.5 overs with Dhoni top-scoring with a run-a-ball 65 as the batting was guilty of buckling under pressure, including Kohli (1). Asked if Kohli’s shot selection was reflective of the pressure on him, Dhoni batted strongly for his deputy.

“Pehli baat yeh hai ki til ka taad nahin banate hain (Let’s not make a mountain out of a mole hill). Let’s accept the fact he played a shot that didn’t pay off. It happens and it happens to a lot of batsmen,” Dhoni said in the post-match conference, adding: “Once the opposition puts over 300 runs on the board and once they have quality bowlers, at some point of time you have to take that risk. If it pays off, if it clicks, all of a sudden everything changes. He played a shot, it didn’t pay off and that’s it. I would say it happens in cricket.

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