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Shikhar can do what Viru paaji used to do: Virat Kohli

Fatullah:  Mighty impressed with Shikhar Dhawan after his blazing 173 in the one-off Test against Bangladesh, India skipper Virat Kohli today said that the opener has it in him to replicate the swashbuckling Virender Sehwag
PTI June 15, 2015 0:05 IST
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Fatullah:  Mighty impressed with Shikhar Dhawan after his blazing 173 in the one-off Test against Bangladesh, India skipper Virat Kohli today said that the opener has it in him to replicate the swashbuckling Virender Sehwag at the top.

"For Shikhar, we were always confident that if he gets going in Test matches, he can do what Viru paaji (Sehwag) used to do because he is one player who can turn the session around. Hopefully, he will carry the confidence of this game into other series in future," said Kohli at the end of the fifth and final day's play here.

Sehwag has not played for India since 2013 when he was dropped from both Test and ODI sides.

India settled for a draw against an edgy Bangladesh in the rain-marred one-off Test, which was interrupted by downpours on all five days. But Kohli felt his boys, especially the bowlers, gave their 100 per cent in whatever opportunity they got.

"This is the way we want to play cricket. Just that we had just two days of proper cricket. One good thing to come out is the intensity shown in bowling. Everybody bowled with a lot of intent. That's what we wanted to do as a team and we did that, so the credit goes to the bowlers who were willingness to do everything despite hot and humid conditions.

"There were no excuses and as a captain that was very pleasing," said Kohli.

Heaping praise on the spin twin Harbhajan Singh and Ravichandran Ashwin Kohli said it was exciting to watch the two bowlers perform.

"Both are quality bowlers. Bhajji has got more than 400 wickets and Ashwin has been bowling well for us in last one year.
Watching them bowl together was exciting as a captain. I would like to have players who can win us games and both of them certainly have that ability," he said.

"I am very happy for Harbhajan, he has won so many games for India.

He is a proven match winner and we know he can win us games at any stage. He bowled really well in this game.

"Ashwin is priceless. We won't get anybody better than him, he understands the game well and as a captain you don't have tell him much," insisted the skipper.