‘He batted in the right way. He has been given a specific role as per the team situation and he played accordingly.’
IMAGE: Mahendra Singh Dhoni walks back after his dismissal. Photograph: Clive Mason/Getty Images
India captain Virat Kohli said Mahendra Singh Dhoni has not told him anything about his future plans amid speculation that the veteran may call it quits after team’s semi-final exit from the World Cup.
Dhoni scored 50 off 72 balls in India’s 18-run defeat at the hands of Black Caps and the skipper once again came to veteran’s defence on his slow approach during the middle overs.
Asked if Dhoni has said anything about his future plans, with squad for the West Indies tour to be announced soon, Kohli said,”No he hasn’t told us anything as of now.”
The India skipper claimed that Dhoni, coming in to bat at 71/5, had to rebuild the Indian innings which he did alongside Ravindra Jadeja to bring the team back into the contest.
“I think Dhoni had to hold the innings from one end and allow Jadeja to play freely. He batted in the right way. He has been given a specific role as per the team situation and he played accordingly. They had a 100 run partnership from that situation,” Kohli added.
The India captain also feels that it is “very easy to criticize sitting from outside”.
“Yes we are not denying that we made errors but in hindsight, we can criticize a lot,” Kohli said.
His opposite number Kane Williamson felt that Dhoni’s run out was the turning point of the match.
Asked if he would have been the captain, would have still persisted with Dhoni, he cheekily enquired, “Is he changing his nationality?”
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