Source: News Bharati English24 Oct 2016 12:06:57

Mohali, October 24: Appraising Kohli for his credible performance, Indian ODI skipper M.S. Dhoni said that the Test skipper has not played brilliantly in the recent matches. Virat Kohli has not only made the fans proud, but also his family, he said after the great victory over the Kiwis in the third ODI by 7 wickets.

“Right from the start, he's somebody who always wanted to improve and win games for India. He's someone who has learnt a lot. He knows his strength well and executes his plan. If he can beat the way he's batting, each and every individual will be happy”, said the ODI skipper who scored 151 with partnership with Kohli on Sunday.   

Dhoni said he intentionally promoted himself up the batting order with the intention to play freely. He crossed 9000 runs in ODIs during his 80-run knock in India's seven-wicket win. It’s a great achievement for a player who have mostly batted down.

Out of the 280 games I've played, I think for 200 of them I have batted down. So the decision was to go up and then express myself. It's important for me at this stage of my career," he said. 

"That's what my thinking was - to go out and express myself," Dhoni added. Dhoni felt they should have won the second ODI at New Delhi but didn't approach the match with any hangover of the unexpected defeat.

"We could have done better in the last game. But it's important to have no hangover. We kept getting wickets in the middle to restrict them," the 35-year-old hitter said. While Kohli replied that it was important for him and Dhoni to build a partnership to lay the foundation for the victory. He also appraised captain for his superb support beside switching the order.