I want MS Dhoni to bat higher: Virat Kohli

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Virat Kohli is very excited about leading Indian in limited-overs cricket and he spoke at length about it in an interview to bcci.tc. The most interesting bit of Kohli’s interview was when he spoke about MS Dhoni’s batting position and said he would want his former captain to bat up in the batting order.

MS Dhoni is arguably the best finisher in limited-overs’ cricket history, but his new captain Virat Kohli believes that he would like him to bat higher what he has been for the last couple of years. Kohli also said that it is very important for Team India that Dhoni enjoys his cricket and plays like he sued to in his initial years.

“About the batting bit, if I ask him where he wants to bat I know what kind of a person he is, he’ll tell me where ever he’ll want to bat. I know he’s like that but I would love to see him bat higher up usually than what he has been playing for the last few years and totally enjoy his cricket. If MS Dhoni enjoys his cricket and plays the way he has in his initial years, the team is in a very solid space.”

Kohli also said that Dhoni will express himself more freely as a batsman after giving up captaincy.

“His cricket ability, his understanding of the game, understanding of situations, are priceless. To have this burden off his shoulders, I think he’s going to enjoy the best phase of his career as a batsman and he’ll be able to enjoy his cricket far more than he’s every done before, without the burden of being under the scanner all the time. I’m really, really happy for him and at the same time I feel grateful and lucky that he’s still around to give me advice.”