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Few players can score 200 with this strike-rate: Virat Kohli
PTI
Chennai, February 24, 2013
First Published: 21:03 IST(24/2/2013)
Last Updated: 21:06 IST(24/2/2013)

Only a few players like Mahendra Singh Dhoni can score a double hundred in a Test match with an amazing strike-rate (nearly 85%), feels his younger teammate Virat Kohli.

"His (Dhoni) strike-rate was 87% (84.55) which is quite brilliant. Only a few players are there in the world who can do that," Kohli, who scored his fourth Test century on the day was lavish in praising his captain.

"It was brilliant batting especially coming in at the fall of Sachin Tendulkar's wicket. The way he batted was usual for him and when he is in flow he can hit the ball a mile," the rising star said.

Asked about whether this was the best innings played by Dhoni, he said, "I have seen him bat like this in the ODIs. I think his knock of 183 against Sri Lanka but ODIs are different."

"But when you analyse the situation of playing with a tail-ender and take strike when you wanted and hit the ball when it is needed, it is totally a great display of batting in temperament wise, hitting the ball cleanly and assessing the situation as well by Dhoni today. Especially, in Test matches it is not easy to play with the lower order and making 200 plus score with a lower order is commendable thing."

Kohli also seemed happy about his own performance and said, "I was really happy to get a big score. I had a very good consistent run and then few misses in the one day series.  I was not feeling bad about it. But, people watching felt that they heard that. Suddenly, I had a bad patch but I took some time off and took some rest and went away from the game. That really helped me to be fresh."

"I became hungry for runs before this series. Those feelings are important to a cricketer. I am pleased with how I batted in this Test so far. Just hoping that we will have a great session tomorrow and take strong position in this game," said Kohli.


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