MS Dhoni thinks Adelaide Oval might have 'Virat Kohli Stand'

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Adelaide, Jan 27: How about a "Virat Kohli Stand" at the Adelaide Oval and other grounds in Australia? Well this could be a reality if the Indian batsman continues to stack up runs Down Under, according to captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

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The 27-year-old Kohli is currently India's best batsman across all three formats. And in the ongoing tour of Australia, he has been in great form. (Fired-up Kohli gives send-off to Smith)

Kohli (right) celebrates his half century in the 1st T20I at Adelaide Oval

Kohli registered his T20I best of 90 not out last night (January 26) on India's Republic Day to power the team to a 37-run victory over the hosts in the 1st Twenty20 International.

Continuing his special relationship with the Adelaide Oval, Kohli yet again dazzled with the willow. Before Tuesday night's knock, he had 3 Test hundreds and 1 ODI ton at the venue.

"I think in Adelaide they will be naming a stand after Virat Kohli with the amount of runs he is scoring. By the time he ends his career, quite a few Australian grounds will have stands named after him," remarked Dhoni at the post-match press conference.

The man himself revealed that he loves playing at the ground. In 2012, he scored a Test century against Australia. And then, in 2014, as captain he hit 2 hundreds in 1 Test. Last year at World Cup 2015, his three-figure mark defeated arch rivals Pakistan.

"There is something about this ground you know. Whenever I step into this stadium, there is something that really sinks with me," Kohli told the Board of Control for India's (BCCI) website after the match.

"Naturally, I feel wonderful coming here. All my nerves calm down pretty nicely. It is just about the whole atmosphere of the new stands and the crowd in your ears. It is a wonderful stadium to play as a cricketer, and when you have big crowds, it feels great.

"In the World Cup (2015) as well, you had massive crowds against Pakistan and I had a wonderful Test match here last summer. I really enjoy playing in this stadium. It is a wonderful wicket to bat on too," he added.

Dhoni's words could come true as Kohli is on way to joining the pantheon of greats. The Delhi batsman already has 25 ODI tons, fastest to the milestone.
Many feel he is the one who could shatter batting legend Sachin Tendulkar's record of 49 hundres in 50-over international cricket.

At the Mumbai's famous ground - Wankhede Stadium, there is "Sachin Tendulkar Stand". And in years to come we might have "Virat Kohli Stand" at Indian stadiums.

OneIndia News

Story first published: Wednesday, January 27, 2016, 13:15 [IST]
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