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Virat Kohli speaks on Dhawan vs Rahul debate: Don't endorse idea of pitting players against each other

Virat Kohli speaks on Dhawan vs Rahul debate: Dont endorse idea of pitting players against each other

Pune, Jan 10: India skipper Virat Kohli is happy that senior opener Shikhar Dhawan is back in form with a half-century but doesn't "endorse" the idea of pitting a senior player against a much younger KL Rahul as a possible partner for Rohit Sharma in the upcoming ODI series against Australia.

Dhawan was under some pressure before the third T20 International and a smashing half-century will keep him in the mix for the upcoming series where Rohit Sharma will be back from his break.

"All three openers are pretty strong players, and it's great to have players playing well in the team. It gives you options. But I think people need to stop pitting players against each other. It's all about a team game. I don't endorse this idea of putting people in the team against each other," Kohli said at the post-match presentation ceremony.

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The Indian captain said he's happy that 2020 has started on a bright note with a convincing series win.

"We have started on the right track, chasing (in) one game and setting one game. Two very clinical performances, so I am very happy. Just the confidence of getting that 200-run-mark every now and then will put us in good stead," the skipper said.

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The skipper, who became fastest to 11000 international runs as captain in this game, also seemed happy with the performance of 'Man of the match' Shardul Thakur and Manish Pandey, who has been benched quite often.

"That middle collapse was challenging and what Manish and Shardul did was very good. We require more of this in the coming games as well, to see who are the guys putting their hands up when the senior guys don't get runs.

"Batting first and setting totals... today I thought 180 and we got 200. In Mumbai, (vs West Indies) we thought of 200 and we got 230. We just want to continue that, we don't want to be a team that is tentative batting first. How confident we are batting second, we want to be like that batting first as well."

(With PTI inputs)

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Story first published: Friday, January 10, 2020, 23:27 [IST]
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