Mahendra Singh Dhoni best finisher in the world: Virat Kohli

first_imgVirat Kohli is perhaps the best batsman in the world but the dashing 27-year-old Delhi run-machine feels that his limited-overs skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni is the best finisher when it comes to the shorter formats of the game.India, on Sunday, decimated hosts Bangladesh in a rain-curtailed final to lift the Asia Cup for the sixth time. Kohli played his part with a swashbuckling, unbeaten 41 off 28 balls and partnered Shikhar Dhawan (60 off 44) for 94 runs as India chased down 121 off 15 over. However, when the match turned a little too tight for comfort, Dhoni walked in and blasted 20 not out off six balls, including two monster sixes. The match did not even go to the last over as the Shere Bangla Stadium was stunned into silence. (Dhoni should play till 2019 World Cup: Sehwag )Kohli, himself a master of successful run chases, said since Dhawan was playing well, he wanted to just rotate the strike and keep the pressure on for Bangladesh. The Test skipper then went on to praise Dhoni for doing what he does best. (Dhoni says he can still play the big shots ) “I think Shikhar played himself in really nicely. My only aim was to keep going at the other end so that the run-rate doesn’t stop. I had to understand my role,” Kohli told Once Shikhar got towards the end of his innings, I hit two or three boundaries which released pressure for us. Then MS Dhoni came in and did what he does best. He is the best finisher in the world. All in all, it was a wonderful game.” (India have a 99 per cent chance of winning World T20: Sehwag )advertisementWhile Kohli has unleashed one masterclass after another over the last few years, Dhoni’s return to his big-hitting ways is a big relief. But India would draw greater satisfaction from Dhawan’s man-of-the-match effort last night. The southpaw struggled throughout the Asia Cup before turning a corner with a smashing fifty.”Shikhar is someone who always strikes the ball really well and it is just a matter of one innings for him and you can see what he can do once he gets into form. We saw that in the World Cup last year where his run of form was unbelievable. He is a big match player. We are banking on him in the T20 World Cup.”He has played really well in the IPL, he knows all the grounds and the angles, conditions and the pitches and he has played against all the bowlers from all the teams. I am really happy with his Man of the Match performance. It was absolutely wonderful batting from him and I am glad to see that he took the team to a situation from where we could not lose. Hats off to him for the way he played.”India have ticked all the right boxes ahead of the ICC World Twenty20. The bowlers are in fine rhythm, Kohli, after being rested for the Sri Lanka series, showed he had lost none of his golden touch, amassing 154 runs from four innings. Both Rohit Sharma and Dhawan played stellar knocks against the hosts while Yuvraj Singh rediscovered his dangerous form. Now with Dhoni hitting bull’s eye, India could not have looked more dangerous ahead of the World T20.last_img read more