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20-20 World Cup: Harbhajan Singh wants Virat Kohli to be street smart like MS Dhoni against New Zealand

Harbhajan feels taking wickets is important in the T20 cricket

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MS Dhoni ( Image Credit: Twitter)

India will be up against New Zealand in their second match of the ongoing 20-20 World Cup. This game is huge for the Virat Kohli-led team as a loss will get their campaign in jeopardy. Both teams had lost their opening games to Pakistan and given they play relatively easier teams in the final three games, the coming game is being seen as a virtual knockout. Former India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh had advised Virat Kohli to put pressure on Kiwi skipper Kane Williamson early in the innings. Harbhajan feels if Kohli can contain Williamson, India can restrict New Zealand to a below-par score.

“India will have to build pressure on Kane Williamson upfront. If India can get him out early, I believe they can even keep their score under 130. And if they do that, India will be able to chase it easily,” Harbhajan said on his youtube channel.

The cricketer-turned-expert also gave the example of MS Dhoni and asked Virat Kohli to be street smart as the former skipper. Dhoni, who marshalled CSK to its fourth title in the IPL this year, was proactive with his field placements. In some games, he used unorthodox strategies and reaped rewards. Harbhajan feels this kind of street smartness should be used by India.

“T20s is such a format where if you don’t take wickets, you’ll keep getting further away from the game. For that, the pressure will have to be created in the field setting like MS Dhoni does when he captains CSK.”

“He puts the fielder in such a place where the ball will go. It’s not necessarily the orthodox midwicket or cover, he moves his fielders to places where the ball is expected to go. I expect this kind of captaincy and this kind of awareness from India in this match,” he concluded.

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