India vs England: Virat Kohli says MS Dhoni's presence behind stumps is priceless for DRS

With the Decision Review System (DRS) set to be used for the first time in a bilateral One-day series in India, captain Virat Kohli says Mahendra Singh Dhoni's inputs from behind the stumps would be invaluable in taking a call in the matches against England.

"It's priceless. I saw a stat yesterday that 95 percent of the appeals that he's made in his career have been successful. As a captain I have no sort of extra thinking as far as DRS is concerned. He's one voice, if he tells me it's outside the line or it is missing, the decision stands there. It's not left up to doubt or any further debate from there on," Kohli said.

India's MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli. AP

File photo of MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli. AP

Kohli had a pretty tough time in taking the right DRS calls in the preceding Test series against the same opposition.

"He's someone who has always been very smart with decision making, as far as appeals are concerned as well. I think his word will be the one word that I will trust as far as DRS is concerned. Because he is in the best position, plus he's the most intelligent cricketer around, so there's no doubt in my mind," added Kohli, in full praise of Dhoni and his judgement calls.

Dhoni will be playing under Kohli for the first time as a pure wicket-keeper batsman and it would be interesting to see how the new arrangement works for India. Dhoni has always appeared cool as a captain while Kohli does not mind being vocal and showing emotions on the field.

The three matches against the England are the only ODIs available for India to fine tune themselves before defending their Champions Trophy title in England in June.

As such the games assume enormous importance for the team which has been on the top in Test cricket in recently times but has not been as successful in the 50-over format.

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Published Date: Jan 14, 2017 15:15 PM | Updated Date: Jan 15, 2017 14:07 PM

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