Mohali, March 27: Even though Virat Kohli's 51-ball-82 saw India through to the semifinal of the ongoing T20 World Cup, captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni did not hide his concern over the form of the top-order batsmen in the tournament. [India beat Aus by 6 wkts to reach semis; Match scorecard]
Speaking to Sanjay Manjrekar in a post-match interview, Dhoni said India were batting just 60-65 per cent of their ability barring Kohli---a remark that will clearly alarm the other top bastmen who have failed to show consistency in this tournament. [Kohli's heroics take India to their third T20 WC semis]
Dhoni hoped that the top-order batsmen would share the responsibility so that the pressure becomes less on Kohli, the only batsman to have shown consistency in the tournament so far. Kohli hit two unbeaten matchi-winning fifties against Pakistan and Australia after the other frontline bastmen failed to impress. [How Twitterati reacted to the win]
The likes of Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Suresh Raina and Yuvraj Singh have not been able to score big in the four group matches of the tournament so far.
'Top innings, at the moment'
Meanwhile, Kohli said in another interview that the innings against Australia will be among the top and certainly the top at the moment.