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Kohli’s attitude to challenges sets him apart: Dhoni

In awe of Virat Kohli’s batting genius in the World Twenty20 win over arch-rivals Pakistan, Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said the elegant right- hander’s willingness to take challenges head on sets him apart from others.

In a low-scoring tense encounter last night, Kohli played the sheet-anchor role to perfection by slamming a 37-ball 55 to guide India to to a six-wicket win at the Eden Gardens. The hosts were chasing 119 in the rain-curtailed game.

“It’s the hunger to perform, his willingness to take up the challenge, that sets him apart. His biggest plus point is he takes everything as a challenge. He wants to contribute in each and every game. That’s why, he prepares well, he takes care of his fitness,” Dhoni said in praise of the Kohli in the post-match press conference.

“He understands how he is supposed to bat in different wickets to score runs. We all know once he gets going, he always converts it into a big innings which I feel is one of the most important things for any youngster.

“When you’re scoring runs, make sure you score a lot of runs. Everyone will go through a bad patch but what you can do is try to minimise the duration. The best way is when you’re going through a purple patch make sure you score a lot of runs,” he said.

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