India vs New Zealand: MS Dhoni hails Virat Kohli as fantastic batting partner

PTI, Oct, 24 2016

Mohali: Calling Virat Kohli one of the best in the world, India's limited overs captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Sunday said the Delhi dazzler's biggest advantage is that he has the ability to maintain a good strike rate without taking risks.

Virat Kohli's (R) 154 run knoc earned him praise from captain MS Dhoni (L). AFP

Virat Kohli's (R) 154 run knoc earned him praise from captain MS Dhoni (L). AFP

Kohli produced a breathtaking knock of 154, while Dhoni struck 80, as India cruised to an easy seven-wicket victory in the third ODI against New Zealand here.

"I can comment on how good he (Kohli) is, how consistent he is. He is certainly amongst the best. One great thing about him is that he maintains a good strike rate even without playing high risk shots," said Dhoni. Asked whether Kohli was one of the greatest cricketers he has played with, Dhoni said it was unfair to compare players of different eras.

"All I can say I batting with Virat is great. He helps in building partnerships. He is fantastic. Our biggest problem in the cricket fraternity is that we try to compare. How cricket is played has changed drastically. We can't compare a Sehwag with a Gavaskar. Even approach in a Test match has changed a lot. It is unfair to compare.

Kohli's 134-ball knock was ably complemented by an under-pressure skipper Dhoni (80 off 91) as the duo forged a
151-run partnership off 163 balls to effectively seal the match with 10 balls to spare after the home team made a shaky start in their pursuit of 286.

Published Date: Oct 24, 2016 | Updated Date: Oct 24, 2016

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4493 125
2 South Africa 3395 110
3 England 4097 105
4 Australia 3087 100
5 New Zealand 3114 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 5957 119
2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 4717 115
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 New Zealand 1625 125
2 England 1962 123
3 Pakistan 2417 121
4 West Indies 2222 117
5 India 2183 115