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Kohli has veteran Dhoni's back and the youngsters' trust

February 02, 2017 12:19 IST

'Youngsters were hungry to win matches for the team instead focusing on individual performances'

India captain Virat Kohli accepts that he doesn't shy away from taking advice from Mahendra Singh Dhoni in crucial situations

IMAGE: India captain Virat Kohli accepts that he doesn't shy away from taking advice from Mahendra Singh Dhoni in crucial situations. Photograph: BCCI

India captain Virat Kohli says he is benefitting from the immense experience of Mahendra Singh Dhoni in decision-making in the limited overs format.

India claimed the T20 series 2-1 after a comprehensive 75-run win in the third and final T20, in Bengaluru on Wednesday.

"Although I have captained in the Test format for a while, ODI and T20 games move very fast. So to take advice from a person (Dhoni) who has captained the side at this level for so long and understands the game really well is never a bad idea in crucial situations," Kohli said.

The young captain disclosed that he wanted Hardik Pandya to bowl after star-performer Yuzvendra Chahal's quota was over but was advised by Dhoni and Ashish Nehra to hand the ball to Jasprit Bumrah, who scalped two wickets in three balls to finish the game.

"Bringing on Bumrah right after that over from (Yuzvendra) Chahal… I was thinking of giving (Hardik) Pandya another over instead. (Dhoni and Nehra) suggested that ‘let's not wait till the 19th over and instead bring on the main bowlers’. So these things really help when you are a new captain in the limited-overs format.

"But again, I am not new to captaincy, but there has to be a balance between understanding the skills needed to lead in shorter formats. MS has been helping a lot on that front."

India are series champions during the 3rd T20I between India and England on Wednesday 

IMAGE: India are series champions during the 3rd T20I between India and England on Wednesday. Photograph: BCCI

Kohli said the Indian team, which has many youngsters, has made a very fast progress.

"We got the results we wanted. Obviously winning all three series feels really, really good right now because we're up against a top-quality side. We understand that and to come on top after the end of all three series is a great feeling altogether knowing that we didn't have that much experience in our teams.

"The Test team is almost as good as new. Even in the one-day circuit, we have 3-4 experienced guys, but rest of the guys who stepped up are all youngsters, which is, I think, is a massive, massive boost for Indian cricket," he said.

Kohli said the biggest takeaway for winning all three series for the team was the "youngsters were hungry to win matches for the team instead focusing on individual performances."

Kohli said wickets in the middle overs by spinner Chahal made the job easy for them.

"If we don't get wickets in middle overs, any total is chaseable in Bengaluru. No total looks far-fetched and any batting line-up in the world can explode in the end. So, key today was to take wickets in middle overs and Chahal did a good job to take those wickets," he said.

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