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'Virat has turned into someone who reads the game very well'

March 03, 2016 16:35 IST

India's Virat Kohli during a practice session

IMAGE: India's Virat Kohli during a practice session. Photograph: Solaris Images.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni has said Virat Kohli's hunger to succeed is something that makes him special.

"Right from the start, he (Virat) was always someone who wanted to contribute more. Even if he would get out on 80, he was somebody who wanted to get that 100.

"If 80 was good enough and the team wins, he was happy with it. But he still wanted to contribute more. He knew the importance of converting those 70's into hundreds. It's not only good for the individual but it was also very good for the team," Dhoni explained.

Kohli is in explosive form in the ongoing Asia Cup and blasted his 13th T20I half-century - equaling the record for the most in the format - to guide India to a five-wicket win over Sri Lanka, thereby securing a safe passage to the final. 

"He (Virat) is always somebody, who wants to put that emphasis on his game. Over the years, he has turned into someone who reads the game very well. Knowing whom to target, when to target, what are his strengths. That is something very important," Dhoni said.

"All of us have our own strength. But it is very important to back your strength and not to venture out into areas that are not your strength. He's looking like a much more matured cricketer. Overall, he's been just fantastic for the side," added the captain.