You don't need to tell Dhoni how to play: Kohli
Indian skipper Virat Kohli has backed veteran wicket-keeper batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni who attracted sharp criticism for his slow innings in the fourth One Day International (ODI) match against the West Indies which India lost by 11 runs.
"He is striking the ball beautifully, you don't need to tell him anything in terms of how to play a situation, how to build an innings," Kohli told reporters on Thursday.
India won the series 3-1, only losing the fourth ODI on Sunday. Dhoni played a failed 114-ball 54-run innings which led to India losing to the West Indies. The Ranchi stumper only managed to hit one boundary. "You have to figure out what kind of wickets you are playing on as well. I was trying to hit the spinners a couple of days in practice and I couldn't because the wickets were not that great to play strokes, the wicket in the centre was much better," Kohli said. "You can't really judge a guy's batting form at practice because you don't know what kind of wickets you are going to get," he added.
'Dhoni still good enough to play 2019 World Cup'
On Mahendra Singh Dhoni's 36th birthday, childhood coach Chanchal Bhattacharya on Friday said the former India captain is still good enough to play in the 2019 cricket World Cup.
Bhattacharya also spoke about Dhoni's slow-paced knock in the fourth One-Day International (ODI) against the West Indies, and said it was an aberration. "Dhoni still has it in him to play the 2019 World Cup," Bhattacharya said over phone on Friday. A day after India, led by skipper Virat Kohli, won the five-match ODI series against the WI 3-1 (one match did not have a result), Dhoni celebrated his birthday with talks doing the rounds about his slow 114-ball 54-run innings which led to India losing to the West Indies in the fourth rubber.
Chasing 190, India lost early wickets and it rested on Dhoni — known to be a lethal finisher — to see off the tie. But the decorated wicketkeeper batsman apparently struggled at the crease scoring his slowest half-century in 16 years. He managed just one boundary.
The essay drew a lot of flak and questions surfaced once again on whether India's World Cup-winning captain should call it a day and not continue till the 2019 World Cup.