MS Dhoni scored an unbeaten 139 against Australia in the third ODI at Mohali © IANS

Oct 20, 2013

India batsman Virat Kohli on Saturday said that nobody understands the One-Day International (ODI) format better than Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

Dhoni played a stunning unbeaten knock of 139 against Australia in the third ODI at Mohali, which eventually went in vain.

Talking about his knock, Kohli told the official website of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), “I always have fun batting with him because he is one guy who knows the one-day format probably better than anyone else, be it finishing, be it playing in the middle overs or taking the team out of trouble.

“He knows everything; he is pretty experienced and now he trusts me as well to take responsibility along with him.”

Kohli also said that he enjoys batting with Dhoni and enjoys a good understanding. The duo added 72 runs for the fifth wicket against Australia on Saturday.

“It’s quite a bit of fun because we think alike when we are batting in the middle, to make big partnerships, to rotate the strike regularly. So its lot of fun where we don’t have to say much but we understand what is needed. It’s a good combination in the middle when I am batting with him,” Kohli added.

The Delhi batsman also lauded Dhoni’s ability to play well with the tail-enders. Talking about his skipper’s knock in the third ODI, Kohli said, “We have seen quite a few of those from him when the middle-order hasn’t come through and a set batsman has got out and he has batted with the tail-enders taking the team out of trouble.

“It is a great skill that he has playing with the tail-enders; something that is very difficult to do. Something that we saw VVS Laxman do a lot in Test matches, which I think is a commendable effort. And today’s innings was very special.”

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