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Virat Kohli Needs MS Dhoni In 2019 World Cup, Says Sunil Gavaskar

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Virat Kohli Needs MS Dhoni In 2019 World Cup

Sunil Gavaskar opined that MS Dhoni’s advice and experience will come in handy for Virat Kohli in the 50-over format.

Batting legend Sunil Gavaskar feels Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli will need MS Dhoni in the 2019 World Cup. Sunil Gavaskar added that Virat Kohli will greatly benefit from having MS Dhoni in the team for the World Cup. “Virat needs (Dhoni),” Gavaskar said in his analysis on Star Sports, as quoted by ICC cricket. Sunil Gavaskar opined that MS Dhoni’s advice and experience will come in handy for Virat Kohli in the 50-over format. “There’s no doubt about it. In 50 overs where there is that much more time, that’s when MSD comes into play. You know he makes those small field adjustments, talking to the bowlers in Hindi – telling them where to bowl and what to bowl. It’s a huge plus for Virat”, he said.

Dhoni was rested for the three-match T20I series against the Windies and Australia. Rohit Sharma will be leading the 16-man India squad for the T20I series against the Windies in absence of Virat Kohli. Dhoni was excluded from both the T20I squads with youngster Rishabh Pant set to don the gloves. Chief selector MSK Prasad quickly moved to dispel talk of Dhoni’s retirement, assuring fans that this was not the end for the former India captain in T20Is.

However, MSK Prasad made it a point to say that the selectors are looking at backup options behind the stumps.

“Dhoni is not going to play the 6 T20Is because we’re looking at the second keeper slot. It is not the end of Dhoni in T20Is,” said chief selector MSK Prasad.

India have played a total of 104 T20I matches since the format’s debut in 2006 and Dhoni has been part of 93 of those matches. Dhoni, who led India to the T20 World Cup title in 2007, has scored 1,487 T20I runs at an average of 37.17 and a strike-rate of 127.90.

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The Sachin Tendulkar-Virat Kohli debate: Numbers paint a revealing picture

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We start the comparisons, one of the inherent traits which make us humans. Was Sachin Tendulkar that good, or is Virat Kohli better? Kohli’s process is eerily similar, and yet distinctly different from Tendulkar’s.

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File image of Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli.(AFP/Getty Images)
Mundane is boring, it is so out of sync with the ever-evolving perceptions, it is distended, it is not what we want on a cricketing field.

Unless Sachin Tendulkar walked out to bat, that fidget at the crease, the nodding of the head, the guard on leg-stump, the shuffling of the abdominal guard and then that straight bat thumping the ball back down the ground. Bowlers on their haunches, gaping at the wide blade of the bat and labouredly turning back to watch the ball belt the advertisement hoardings!

Who said mundane is boring? It is the coming together of valour, practice, and smatterings of genius, who said mundane is boring, it was watching Tendulkar creaming oppositions; it is Virat Kohli slicing through egos and bowling attacks.

Kohli’s process is eerily similar, and yet distinctly different from Tendulkar’s. Kohli marches out to bat, thumps his bat while taking guard and then surveys the field before caressing the drive through covers.

So, two mundane processes, two giants of the game, two careers and one comparison. It was fitting that Kohli got to the 10,000-run mark with a brilliant 157 against West Indies in Visakhapatnam. Tendulkar achieved this feat by scoring 139 against Australia in Indore in 2001.

We start the comparisons, one of the inherent traits which make us humans. Was Tendulkar that good, or is Kohli better?

As far as bare statistics are concerned, Kohli smashed Tendulkar’s record; he is 21 per cent better than Tendulkar. In terms of average and innings per century, he is some distance ahead of Tendulkar – 40 per cent better.

These are mind-numbing numbers, and we can gape in bewilderment, but then there is only so much numbers can reveal. And thus, we take a deeper plunge.

Two geniuses, let’s dissect them. Oh, the thrill!

Cricket in this modern age has galloped along, rules have been tweaked, boundaries have been pulled in and bowlers have been handed two new white balls and have been asked to pray, rather than bowl. The average strike rate of batsmen around the world is 86. Kohli’s strike rate is 92.5.

When Tendulkar enamoured the world, the others around him merely scored runs. The average strike-rate at the time was 71.51; Sachin was humming along at 86.52. Once again, numbers trying to rip apart common notion.

Tendulkar was while Kohli is the lynchpin of the batting order. They are the fulcrum around which oppositions have planned their mode of attack. Hence, their contribution falls under the scanner. So, when Tendulkar crossed the 10,000-run mark, he had won 38 man of the match awards; Kohli has won 30 so far.

Just the other day, when India’s batting melted in Pune, Kohli was sauntering along until he decided to go back and swat a shortish ball only to miss it and be castled. A unified sigh of surrender echoed through the room I was sitting in – and in many ways, this mirrored the sense of resignation whenever Tendulkar was dismissed back in the day.

We thus compare the rate at which both have scored their centuries as compared to rest of the batting order.

After meandering in the middle order for 66 innings, Sachin was bolted to the top of the order and after this he started peeling off centuries every 6.86 innings. The rest of the batting order could only score tons after 24.7 innings. The ratio stands at around 3.6.

Compare this to Virat Kohli. India’s dominance in the recent past has a lot to do with the consistency of the top order and thus, the ratio of Kohli’s hundreds to the rest of the top order stands at around 3.11.

Tendulkar, Kohli, two geniuses who scorn at treading the beaten path, two geniuses who seek unchartered territory to start a march. Numbers may have a story to say, but numbers cease to exist when imaginations are captured, and the two blokes have captured imaginations and continue to do so.

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India vs West Indies, 4th ODI: Rohit Sharma hits 21st century to lead India’s charge in Mumbai

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India vs West Indies, 4th ODI: Rohit Sharma hits 21st century to lead India's charge in Mumbai

Rohit Sharma delighted his home crowd with a 98-ball century against West Indies in the fourth ODI of the five-match series at Brabourne Stadium.

India vs West Indies, 4th ODI: Rohit Sharma hits 21st century to lead India's charge in Mumbai

India vice-captain Rohit Sharma delighted his home crowd with a 98-ball century against West Indies in the fourth ODI of the five-match series at Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai, on Monday. The 31-year-old right-hander slammed 13 boundaries and a six to reach the triple-digit mark. (LIVE UPDATES)

Rohit’s century lifted the hosts after early dismissals of Shikhar Dhawan (38) and Virat Kohli (16). After winning the toss, India opted to bat and made 197/2 in 32.3 overs with Rohit and Ambati Rayudu (34*) at the helm.

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SHOULD INDIANS LEARN TO LET GO Dhoni, AS IT SEEMS THE TIME HAS COME

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Indians, similar to whatever is left of the world, as to complain about their past, which clarifies the
assessment and expectation that MS Dhoni continues playing ODIs. All things considered, he has been a
hero player for over 10 years, the man who drove India with such quiet and balance procuring the
regard of colleagues and rivals alike.
Be that as it may, global professions can’t keep running on slant. With the ODI arrangement against the
Windies bolted at 1-1 with two matches to go, the contentions for Dhoni to remain are looking
somewhat stale at this point. For the most recent 18 months, his whispers and urgings from behind the
stumps to the youthful spinners have been discussed as a key case of how his experience has made a
difference. Almost certainly it has, yet even following year and a half, if the youths still need direction,
there is something incorrectly. It’s the ideal opportunity for them to remain without anyone else feet
and get themselves.
Presently, with runs going away, it’s relatively excruciating to watch Dhoni mix sensitivity and
appreciation. Not that he has activated them intentionally, but rather it’s a side-effect of being a
brandishing legend. They are all around earned accomplishments, however aren’t the basic measuring
stick for a sportsman. It’s execution everything else is a minor detail. It would be a bad form to him and
what he has depend on as a frightfully quiet pioneer who eliminated seniors in his time on the off
chance that we are thoughtful towards him now.
A man who magnanimously quit Test captaincy, and rushed to give up ODI initiative isn’t the kind of man who will keep running on such sentimentalism. Regardless of whether the maturing years has prompted some helplessness in his brain, it’s the ideal opportunity for Indian cricket to remind him what he was.
He was the individual who helped back out the seniors with elegance, and it’s time we expand him a
similar obligingness.
For some, as Kapil Dev and Sachin Tendulkar preceding, Dhoni is a sentimentality machine. The various
triumphant minutes, the stunning batting completes, World Cup wins, and the ultra-cool nearly un-
Indian manner by which he approached his captaincy, was dazzling. Thus, naturally, it’s hard to give up.
With Dhoni, it’s reasonable to perceive any reason why. For a few, his profession would catch the
sidelights of their own growing-up years. At the point when a since quite a while ago haired Dhoni won
the ICC World T20 and put resources into youth, when the short-haired Dhoni lifted the 50-over World
Cup and permitted Tendulkar and a country extinguish an enduring thirst.
Of all the current Indian cricketing legends, Dhoni is the person who we need to worry the slightest
about how he will lead life after cricket. He isn’t probably going to wait around the cricketing scene, isn’t
probably going to be seen sitting in TV studios, sitting tight for commercial breaks and yelling at hosts to
permit him an opportunity to press in a good for nothing stable byte. He will simply leave — that is the
impression in any event his profession has given us. It’s an ideal opportunity to release him to do his
thing. Try not to stress, he will be OK. So will be Indian cricket.

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