Kohli, Dhoni have been instrumental in India’s ODI success

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Published on: Mar 28, 2013

As per the latest, India will remain number one on the ODI rankings as per the ICC cut-off date on April 1. They have 119 points at present, and although it is doubtful how long they will remain there since England are a close second with 117 points while Australia are also close on their heels with 116 points and South Africa are only slightly behind on 112 points...

As per the latest, India will remain number one on the ODI rankings as per the ICC cut-off date on April 1. They have 119 points at present, and although it is doubtful how long they will remain there since England are a close second with 117 points while Australia are also close on their heels with 116 points and South Africa are only slightly behind on 112 points, it is a reason to cheer for Indian cricket without doubt. Even as they have had a horrific time in Tests, the Indians have done slightly better in the one-day version over the past year or so.

Two men who have been instrumental in India’s rise to the top in the one-dayers are Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni. Even as the rest of the team members’ performance have gone up and down, Kohli and Dhoni have been consistency personified, as a result of which India have managed to retain the number one ranking in ODIs, in spite of some poor performances in this version as well. For the Indians to do consistently well in the one-dayers in future games, they would need a better all-round showing from the entire team. But, most of all, they would hope that Kohli and Dhoni continue their great execution in the times to come as well.

A look at Dhoni and Kohli’s record over the last year is a clear indication of how well they have done for the Men In Blue. During this period, Dhoni has unarguably been India’s best batsman, often rescuing the team from precarious situations, and if not at least lending some stability to the faltering innings. In 13 matches played during this period, he has scored 486 runs at an excellent average of 54, with one brilliant hundred against Pakistan that went in vain. In the three matches that he played against Pakistan, he remained unbeaten and averaged 203. Against England and Sri Lanka as well, he managed crucial scores at key moments.

In the same period, Kohli has averaged 42.18 in 13 matches, scoring 464 runs, with two tons, both of them coming against the Sri Lankans. While Kohli has an extremely healthy average, he actually saw a dip in form from the last season, when he was in an unconquerable mood. But, that just goes to show how exceptionally well Kohli batted when he hit peak form. That he managed to average 42 even after not matching up to the consistency of last season is a credit to his ability and persistence. Although Kohli struggled in the series against Pakistan, he was sensational against the Lankans while contributing significantly in the series win against England.

To put it simply, India havebeen lucky to have a captain, who has batted so tremendously well in all situations even as Kohli has continued to do well. However, for India to remain on the top of the ranking they would now need the likes of Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina and Rohit Sharma to pull up their socks.

--By A Cricket Analyst

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