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Calmness behind Virat Kohli’s captaincy is MS Dhoni, says Monty Panesar

Former England spinner Monty Panesar believes calmness behind India captain Virat is because of veteran wicket-keeper batsman MS Dhoni.

cricket Updated: Jul 09, 2019 16:48 IST
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Hindustan Times, Delhi
Indian captain Virat Kohli with MS Dhoni standing for national anthem at the Cricket World Cup in London.
Indian captain Virat Kohli with MS Dhoni standing for national anthem at the Cricket World Cup in London.(AP)
         

India has become a powerhouse in cricket in last few years, dominating most of the teams en route capturing the top ranking in both formats of the game. Their form in limited-overs cricket has mesmerised the cricket fans while also making them favourites at the ongoing World Cup. Virat Kohli’s captaincy has also been lauded by the pundits and it has been a drastic change from the early days where no. 1 ODI batsman wore his heart on his sleeve.

According to former England spinner Monty Panesar, this calmness behind India captain Virat is because of veteran wicket-keeper batsman MS Dhoni.

“Virat Kohli is able to express himself as a captain but the calmness behind that is MS Dhoni,” Panesar told ANI on Tuesday.

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Dhoni celebrated his 38th birthday on Sunday. The ongoing World Cup is being called as the veteran’s last One-Day International (ODI) tournament. Reflecting on the same, Panesar said Dhoni would be aiming to lift the World Cup and have a final farewell.

“This is probably Dhoni’s dream because this could be his last one-day he plays and retires with winning the World Cup. I am sure he probably in the background wants to win the World Cup, have his final farewell,” he said.

When asked what does he think about India’s bowling attack, the former England spinner said Indian bowling unit has been doing well in the last couple of years and lauded Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammad Shami.

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“India’s seam attackers (have) definitely done very well in the last couple of years. They have got the number one bowler in the world Jasprit Bumrah. And Mohammad Shami is in great form with his hat-trick,” he said.

Talking about India’s performance in the ongoing World Cup so far, Panesar said the Men in Blue are performing well and playing brilliant cricket.

He further said that India can adapt to the situation very easily.

“India have been performing very well. They played brilliant cricket (against Australia at the Oval). When they played Pakistan at Old Trafford, they batted first and posted a huge total. India are very adaptable at the moment. They are able to chase,” he added.

Table-toppers India’s first semi-final of the World Cup against New Zealand at Old Trafford is currently underway. New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat first.

(with agency inputs)

First Published: Jul 09, 2019 16:45 IST

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