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Kohli: Good to See Everyone Step Up in Dhoni's Absence

Published: 26th February 2014 10:24 PM

Last Updated: 26th February 2014 10:30 PM

Captain Virat kolhi  today remembered his dad after guiding India to a convincing six-wicket win over Bangladesh in their Asia Cup opener here, and said whatever he has achieved in his life so far was  solely because of the contributions of his departed father.      

Captaining the side in place of an injured regular  skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Kohli led from the front with a magnificent 136 to lead India to a comfortable win.      

"I am very happy with the team performed today," said  Kohli, who was adjudged man-of-the-match, at the post-match press presentation ceremony for his match-winning knock.      

"I always thank my dad every time I achieve something. He worked very hard to help me get where I am," he said.      

Kohli shared a 213-run partnership with Ajinkya Rahane (73) to lay the platform for India's victory.     

"It was very important for someone like Ajinkya to bat through the innings. He was playing so well in New Zealand and  South Africa and he played beautifully here too. He is a very positive guy and works very hard. So it was good for us to stay together till the end," Kohli said about Rahane.      

Kohli also lauded the bowling department for restricting Bangladesh to 279 for seven on a flat track.      

"We bowled well today and there was an improvement in the death overs. It was good to see everyone step up in the absence of Dhoni," he said.      

Meanwhile, Abdur Razzak, who came in to talk on behalf of  an injured regular skipper Mushfiqur Rahim at the post match ceremony, held the dew factor responsible for the home team's  defeat.      

"Yeah, we had enough runs. But the dew caused problems, and we had not anticipated that," he said.      

He praised Mushfiqur for his 113-ball 117-run knock that propelled Bangladesh to the huge total.      

"Mushfiqur has improved a lot and he is playing very well  for the team. We will have to push a little bit more while batting first," Razzak said.


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