Few players can score 200 with this strike-rate: Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli

Kohli declined comment on whether Dhoni should permanently bat at No 6.

"I cannot say anything unless he stays in that slot for a long time. He has been batting at No 7 for a while and did not get ample opportunities to get big runs. People doubted his Test batting. He was not getting ample opportunities and when the team is five down, if he has to go, negotiate the situation and get a hundred, it will be quite difficult.

"Coming at number six, there are more opportunities to get settled and he is one of the more experienced guy to play with the lower order. He knows how to play with lower order. That is huge difference that he could make coming at number six in Test matches. It might just be the click work for us in batting order."

Dhoni's batting today had a dash of Virender Sehwag in it and according to Kohli, the senior opener was delighted to watch the skipper in full flow.

"He (Sehwag) always love people who hit sixes. He was enjoying it. Of all the double hundreds he got, Viru had played the same way. So, he was happy watching Dhoni bat."

Kohli said the idea was to play the first session off today.

"The first spell in the morning was pretty important for us to see them off. They were bowling well and we had to play it out. I decided to play square of the wicket because it was closer to the body. The wicket was pretty slow and they had fielders in the mid-wicket and covers. I did not try to hit the ball in those areas.

"When I work it square, it does not go in the air. So I tried not to drive too much on this wicket. It is just being smart on that wicket and playing closer to the body to avoid risks."

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