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MS Dhoni Praises Virat Kohli for His Leadership Attributes

MS Dhoni Praises Virat Kohli for His Leadership Attributes

Current Indian skipper Virat Kohli has been a total run machine for India from the moment he debuted for his country in 2008 and his stature has since been growing.

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He is currently leading the Indian contingent in the five-match Test series against England and has started the series with a stupendous personal knock.

Kohli scored 149 in the first innings and 51 in the second innings in the first Test of the series held at Edgbaston, as he scored his first century on English soil.

Although his knocks could not evade a 31-run defeat, yet he achieved the No. 1 rank in ICC Test rankings for batsmen as he became the first Indian to reach the spot since Sachin Tendulkar in 2011.

Recently the former Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has praised the captaincy qualities of Kohli and has said that he is indeed delighted with Virat.

“Virat is the best. He has reached a status where he is close to legend status. I am very happy for him. The way he has batted everywhere and the last few years he has been brilliant taking the team forward. That’s what you want from a leader. All the best to him and very well done,” Dhoni was quoted as saying at an event in Mumbai.

Dhoni also appreciated the way the bowlers have bowled in the first innings as they took all the 20 wickets of the opposition. Dhoni has stressed on the importance of taking all the wickets in order to win the game.

“To win a Test match you need 20 wickets. And we did that. That’s all I will say. It doesn’t matter how well you bat and how well you are there for five days but if you take 20 wickets, you can win a Test match,” the Jharkhand-born cricketer added.

Although England are currently leading the series 1-0, India will have a good chance to bounce back in the second Test which will be played at the iconic Lord’s Cricket Ground and will begin from August 9.

Rakesh Rakshit

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TEST

RankTeam MatchesPoints Rating
1 India 28 3499 125
2 South Africa 32 3589 112
3 Australia 33 3499 106
4 New Zealand 23 2354 102
5 England 36 3511 98
6 Sri Lanka 31 2914 94
7 Pakistan 17 1463 86
8 Bangladesh 16 1202 75
9 West Indies 22 1484 67
10 Zimbabwe 8 12 2

ODI

RankTeam MatchesPoints Rating
1 England 42 5257 125
2 India 45 5492 122
3 South Africa 34 3842 113
4 New Zealand 41 4602 112
5 Australia 32 3327 104
6 Pakistan 32 3279 102
7 Bangladesh 24 2220 93
8 Sri Lanka 43 3302 77
9 West Indies 29 1989 69
10 Afghanistan 28 1758 63
11 Zimbabwe 37 2021 55

T20

RankTeam MatchesPoints Rating
1 Pakistan 23 2990 130
2 Australia 15 1894 126
3 India 32 3932 123
4 New Zealand 22 2542 116
5 England 17 1951 115
6 South Africa 18 2058 114
7 West Indies 18 2048 114
8 Afghanistan 22 1917 87
9 Sri Lanka 27 2287 85
10 Bangladesh 21 1570 75