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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 35 4016 115
2 South Africa 33 3712 106
3 Australia 33 3499 106
4 England 45 4722 105
5 New Zealand 23 2354 102
6 Sri Lanka 38 3668 97
7 Pakistan 21 1853 88
8 West Indies 29 2235 77
9 Bangladesh 19 1268 67
10 Zimbabwe 8 12 2

ODI

RankTeam MatchesPoints Rating
1 England 51 6470 127
2 India 49 5973 122
3 New Zealand 41 4602 112
4 South Africa 39 4275 110
5 Pakistan 38 3915 103
6 Australia 37 3699 100
7 Bangladesh 28 2607 93
8 Sri Lanka 50 3872 77
9 West Indies 32 2217 69
10 Afghanistan 32 2053 64
11 Zimbabwe 37 2021 55

T20

RankTeam MatchesPoints Rating
1 Pakistan 30 3972 132
2 India 37 4601 124
2 Australia 21 2570 122
4 England 21 2448 117
5 New Zealand 22 2542 116
6 South Africa 19 2093 110
7 West Indies 21 2219 106
8 Afghanistan 27 2490 92
9 Sri Lanka 28 2451 88
10 Bangladesh 27 2066 77