Dhoni: Other batsmen now need to step up

India’s top-order has been woefully short of runs with none among Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma and Suresh Raina getting significant scores on a consistent basis.

"Barring Virat, we have been 60-65 per cent in terms of our batting,” Dhoni said at the post-match presentation ceremony.   -  Akhilesh Kumar

India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was lavish in his praise for the brilliant Virat Kohli but had a word of caution for the other batsmen, who he thinks “need to step up” in the next two matches of the ICC World T20.

India’s top-order has been woefully short of runs with none among Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma and Suresh Raina getting significant scores on a consistent basis.

“The others (batsmen) have to step up now. We can’t keep relying on him. I think the others are contributing but we need to step up our game. Barring Virat, we have been 60-65 per cent in terms of our batting,” Dhoni said at the post-match presentation ceremony.

Dhoni has praised Kohli’s temperament and match-winning prowess many a time and it was no different today.





“It’s not the first time I’ve enjoyed it (from the other end). He is been playing brilliantly over the last few years.

“He has kept improving his game. He is very hungry to score runs for the team and evolving with each match,” the skipper said.

The aspect of brilliant running between the wickets was also discussed and Dhoni said that it was their ability to target the best outfielders that made the difference.

“Running is a key aspect in modern cricket. If you can take singles against the best fielders or make a single into the double, the lesser fielders get under pressure. More than endurance, you need explosive power, because there is ample time for rest.”

The skipper termed 161 as a tough target on a wicket where it was not easy to hit during the middle overs.

“It was a tough score. They got 60 runs in the first six overs. The middle overs were tough and it was difficult to hit the ball from back of a length, especially against the spinners. We felt if we run well in the middle overs we had a chance,” said Dhoni.