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Virat Kohli Is All Praises For MS Dhoni's Innings, Terms It 'Classic'

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| January 15 , 2019 , 19:26 IST

Virat Kohli led-Men in Blue comprehensively emerged victorious in the 2nd ODI against Australia to level the three-match series 1-1.

Even though Virat Kohli's century laid the foundations India's victory, MS Dhoni played equally important and propelled India to a 6 wicket win in the second ODI at the Adelaide Oval on Tuesday.

During press conference Kohli said it was an "MS classic" in Adelaide, adding that the 37-year-old remains an integral part of the ODI team ahead of the ICC World Cup 2019.

"There is no doubt that he shouldn't be a part of this team. Tonight was MS classic. He calculates the game so well. He takes the game till the end when only he knows what's going on in his mind, and he backs himself to hit those big shots at the end," Kohli said at the post-match presentation ceremony.

"You look for little moments to pump you up, get into the zone, and that's what I was trying to do. I tried to stay as aware as possible in recognising the moment to strike.

"I thought those 2-3 overs were the moment, to bring the gap between runs and balls down. When it comes off it looks good. It was a really tough day.

"My pants are white with the sweat, the salts coming out. MS was tired as well, fielding for 50 overs and batting as well, it was tough."

Kohli was also all praise for seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar for his crucial blows at the death. 

"We wanted to try and restrict them in the end. I thought they were going to get away from us when Maxy (Glenn Maxwell) and Shaun (Marsh) were in. Getting them in two balls was brilliant. I thought 298 was par on that wicket, with the start they had.

"Bhuvi was outstanding to pull things back for us. Vijay Shankar is in the squad, he's an all-rounder, so that gives us an option to play around with - but we'll see how we go. But backing five bowlers and seeing it come off is pleasing as a captain." 

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India beat Australia by 6-wickets at the Adelaide Oval, Indian skipper Virat Kohli led the Indian team from the front as he scored yet another century to take his team over the line. Kohli was well supported by former Indian captain MS Dhoni who led the charge after his dismissal.

Chasing a mammoth total of 299 runs in the 50-overs, team India rode high on Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni who scored 104 and 55* respectively.