Indian captain Virat Kohli paid rich tributes to the senior players for their contribution to the team after India clinched their third consecutive series against England on Wednesday.
The hosts beat England in the third and the final match of the T20I series in Bengaluru by 75 runs to complete their series victories over the visitors in all three formats.
There were a lot of positives for India in the limited-overs series but what stood out for India was the contributions of the senior pros like Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Yuvraj Singh and Ashish Nehra.
Though the victory in Bengaluru was largely due to the brilliance of Yuzvendra Chahal, who spun a web around England’s batsmen to pick up six wickets, Kohli didn’t forget to mention the contribution of the senior players in his post-match address. (Yuzvendra Chahal second bowler after Ajantha Mendis to take six-wicket haul in T20Is)
“It is a memorable series win for us, the whole tour. It has been a brilliant couple of months for the Indian team, going forward we know exactly what to do in each format,” Kohli said.
“It is not a bad thing when you have MS Dhoni behind the stumps and experienced guys like Ashu bhai (Ashish Nehra) and Yuvi pa (Yuvraj Singh). I am new to limited overs cricket and they have been around long before me. I’m taking advice from them whenever possible, they’re so intelligent, a lot of credit goes to them,” Kohli added.
Dhoni struck his first T20I half-century on his way to a 36-ball 56 and with another experienced batsman in Yuvraj Singh flayed the English attack to power India to 202/6.
Praising Dhoni, who recently stepped down as the limited-overs captain, Kohli said: “I wanted to send Dhoni up the order, he is the one who says he will come in later, that will give the team better balance. Come the big game, even in the one-day series, series decider, he stepped up, and he stepped up again today. He is priceless.”