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Tributes for Dhoni after great show against Australia

January 17, 2019

Indian cricket captain Even Virat Kohli is all praise for M S Dhoni after he played an important part in getting India to a six-wicket win in the second One-Day International (ODI) against Australia at Adelaide.

Dhoni has helped level level the three-match series 1-1 for India as Australia had won the opening match in Sydney. Virat heaped praise on Dhoni, calling it an MS classic. He said that Dhoni was an important part of the one day international team ahead of the ICC World Cup 2019.

There is no doubt that he should be a part of this team. Tonight was MS classic. He calculates the game so well. He takes the game till the end, when only he knows what's going on in his mind, and he backs himself to hit those big shots at the end. - Virat Kohli, India cricket captain

Dhoni with 55 runs and Dinesh Karthik at 25 not out helped put together an unbeaten 57-run stand, for a target of 299 runs.

"You look for little moments to pump you up, get into the zone, and that's what I was trying to do. I tried to stay as aware as possible in recognising the moment to strike," said Karthik after the match. "I thought those 2-3 overs were the moment, to bring the gap between runs and balls down. When it comes off it looks good. It was a really tough day. My pants are white with the sweat, the salts coming out. MS was tired as well, fielding for 50 overs and batting as well, it was tough."

Kohli had praise for seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar as well. "We wanted to try and restrict them in the end. I thought they were going to get away from us when Maxy (Glenn Maxwell) and Shaun (Marsh) were in. Getting them in two balls was brilliant. I thought 298 was par on that wicket, with the start they had. Bhuvi was outstanding to pull things back for us. Vijay Shankar is in the squad, he's an all-rounder, so that gives us an option to play around with - but we'll see how we go. But backing five bowlers and seeing it come off is pleasing as a captain."

Australiam captain Aaron Finch said Indian bowling was too good for them. "When you come up like a batting side against India, you know you have to get wickets regularly, and we ran into that man Dhoni as well. Credit to India, they played well."

The International Cricket Council (ICC) also paid a tribute to Dhoni's finishing skills, following his knock. "#2009vs2019 @msdhoni still smashing sixes and finishing chases!," read the tweet.

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