Virat Kohli is a 'more matured cricketer', says captain MS Dhoni

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Mirpur (Bangladesh), March 2: Be it any format, Virat Kohli is India's best batsman at the moment. Yet again, the Delhi right-hander produced a match-winning innings, this time against Sri Lanka in the Asia Cup Twenty20 match here last night (March 1).

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Thanks to Kohli's unbeaten 56 from 47 balls and Yuvraj Singh's 18-ball 35, India defeated the Angelo Mathews-led side by 5 wickets to complete a hat-trick of wins in the tournament and entered the final. This was after Indian bowlers were superb, restricting the opposition for 138/9.

Kohli (left) and Dhoni return to the pavilion after India's victory against Sri Lanka

With just 14 runs required for victory, captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni joined Kohli in the middle and the duo knocked off the remaining runs with 4 balls to spare.

Speaking to the media after the victory, Dhoni praised Kohli and called him a "more matured cricketer" now. (Kohli equals Yuvraj record)

"He (Virat) is always somebody, who wants to put that emphasis on his game. Over the years, he has turned into someone who reads the game very well. Knowing whom to target, when to target, what are his strengths. That is something very important," Dhoni said.

"All of us have our own strength. But it is very important to back your strength and not to venture out into areas that are not your strength. He's looking like a much more matured cricketer. Overall, he's been just fantastic for the side," the skipper added.

The 27-year-old Kohli, who now averages over 50 in T20Is, said it was not easy batting against the Sri Lankans at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.

 

"Touchwood, it's coming out nicely now. It was another crunch situation (against Sri Lanka) as we were 16 for 2 in the fourth over. It's nice to challenge yourself and I am happy to do that for the team," Kohli said after receiving his Man-of-the-match award.

In their last league game on Thursday (March 3), India face United Arab Emirates (UAE).

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