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'Virat is in a bad patch but a big knock is around the corner'

September 01, 2014 11:03 IST

Virat Kohli of India heads towards the pavillion after being dismissed during the third match against England at Trent Bridge, Nottingham. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images

Mahendra Singh Dhoni has said a big knock could be in the offing from Virat Kohli very soon. 

Kohli put himself in with a 40 in the third one-dayer in Nottingham but failed to convert it to a big score. 

"Virat is in a bad patch but he is an aggressive player who has the fighter's attitude. He has been middling the balls and it is only that he could not convert the starts into big ones. 

"I can say that a big knock is around the corner from Virat."

Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images

India cannot lose this series now after the first ODI in Bristol was washed away. There are two more games remaining in the series, at Birmingham on September 2 and then at Leeds on September 5. 

"We have to judge people under different scenarios and under pressure what they do, if they are supposed to play freely and how they do play," said Dhoni, talking about the different situations facing his batsmen. 

"Overall it looks like a good team. If you look at the batting order itself, it is a fantastic one. If Rohit Sharma gets fit at the top of the order or if he is batting in the middle it is looking good." 

The Indian team awaits a review decision in the third one-dayer against England in Nottingham. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images

The Indian captain lauded his spinners and batsman Ambati Rayudu for his side's six-wicket thrashing of England in the third cricket one-dayer in Nottingham to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the five-match ODI series. 

"The spinners did it for us. Ashwin and (Ravindra) Jadeja did really well, but it was also Raina's spell after Mohit's injury," Dhoni said after the match which India won with 42 balls to spare. 

Rayudu and Raina took one wicket each before contributing 64 not out and 42 in India's successful run chase. 

"Raina also bowled well and he gave us the first breakthrough. Rayudu also got a wicket. Both of them took us through in the run chase later on," Dhoni added.