Watch: Full press conference of Virat Kohli after the historic victory over Australia
“No one is more committed to Indian cricket” than MS Dhoni and batting at number five is the ideal spot for him, said Virat Kohli in stout defense of the former captain.
Dhoni faced criticism for slow batting in the ODI series-opener in Sydney before redeeming his pride and reputation with match-winning contributions in the Adelaide and Melbourne ODIs.
Acknowledging Dhoni’s contribution in the historic series-triumph in Australia, Kohli defended the former captain saying he should be allowed breathing space.
“I think firstly as a team we are very happy for Dhoni.
That he is amongst the runs, because it is very important to get runs under your belt to get that rhythm and get that confidence back.
Especially when you have not been playing so much international cricket,” said the India captain at the post-match press conference.
“Many things happen on the outside.
People say a lot of things but as an individual we know that there is no one more committed to Indian cricket than Dhoni and people should let him have his space because he has contributed so much for the nation.
“They should let him figure out things on his own and what he needs to do.
He is one of the most intelligent cricketers and he is not someone who is not aware about what needs to be done.
As a team we are totally in sync with what he is doing and we are all very happy for him,” said Kohli.
The skipper also reckons that the just-concluded Australia series has proved that number five is the most logical spot for Dhoni.