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Ravi Shastri Praises ‘Champions’ Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni

Cricketnext Staff |June 29, 2019, 12:02 AM IST
Ravi Shastri Praises ‘Champions’ Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni

India continued their winning ways in the ICC World Cup 2019 with a 125-run over West Indies on Thursday (June 27) yet one of the major talking points was around former skipper MS Dhoni’s approach when the team were batting.

After choosing to bat first, India put up 268-7 with Dhoni scoring an unbeaten 56. However, the number of dot balls he played out saw many criticise his slow approach in the middle overs.

As always, Kohli defended the veteran’s knock and on Friday, it was the turn of India coach Ravi Shastri to do the same in a different way.

“Different personalities. Both champions and mighty effective,” Shastri posted on Twitter along with a picture of himself, Kohli and Dhoni.

“Dhoni knows exactly what he wants to do in the middle. When he has an off day here and there, everyone starts talking. We always back him,” Kohli had said at the post-match presentation ceremony.

“He has won us so many games. The best thing about having someone like him is when you need those 15-20 runs he knows exactly how to get them. 8 out of 10 times his experience has come good for us,” he added.

India next take on hosts England in a mouth-watering encounter at Lord’s on Sunday (June 30).

Cricket World Cup Points Table

Pos Team P W L T/NR PTS NRR
1
IND
9 7 1 1 15 +0.80
2
AUS
9 7 2 0 14 +0.86
3
ENG
9 6 3 0 12 +1.15
4
NZ
9 5 3 1 11 +0.17
5
PAK
9 5 3 1 11 -0.43
6
SL
9 3 4 2 8 -0.91
7
SA
9 3 5 1 7 -0.03
8
BAN
9 3 5 1 7 -0.41
9
WI
9 2 6 1 5 -0.22
10
AFG
9 0 9 0 0 -1.32

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6420 123
2 India 6807 122
3 New Zealand 4763 113
4 Australia 5470 112
5 South Africa 5193 110
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
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