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Sunil Gavaskar praises Virat Kohli; jokes that he can score runs even in the dark

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Virat Kohli scored a his second consecutive fifty for India in T20I, in the second T20 match against Australia.

Sunil Gavaskar, on Friday, highly praised Virat Kohli. He said that the right-handed batsman can easily bat at midnight with the lights off and will score runs nonetheless.

An on-fire Kohli continued to punish the Australian side in the Twenty20 series, as India registered their second win, benefitting from his quick half-century.

After this brilliant performance, Gavaskar said, "He is setting the bar higher for the future players. He is in fantastic form which the players dream about. He can even bat at midnight without light and still bat well. The Australians can’t get him out. They will have to wait for him to commit a mistake.”

Gavaskar was giving an interview to a television channel where he was asked to whom would he like to bowl, Rohit Sharma or Kohli, to which he replied, "I would not bowl to both of them. Rohit kills you with tickle and Kohli can punch you to death. Either way you are going to die.”

The former opening batsman for India voiced his opinion saying that though the Indian team has already won the series they should not try to bring about a change in the batting order.

Gavaskar was asked if Yuvraj Singh should be the third one in India’s batting order. To this he replied, "I want to see India win the series 3-0. Kohli should continue to bat at No 3. Never ever flirt with form, it's so fickle. Yuvraj can bat during the Asia Cup, World Twenty20. Let India make a clean sweep."

Gavaskar also feels that captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni now has a balanced squad and that is exactly the reason why the Indians got the results they wanted out of the Twenty20 series.

"He has got now Yuvraj, Ashish Nehra, Hardik Pandya in the side. He has plenty of bowling and batting options. It has eased off the pressure on him. Bhajji (Harbhajan Singh) is sitting on the bench which means it is a very good selection. The balance is terrific.

“Pandya can bat at No 7 and can bowl. Even if a bowler is hammered around, Dhoni can go to the other bowler,” said Gavaskar.

"The Aussies were under pressure and it was a good omen for the Indians for the World Twenty20." he added.

Gavaskar was clearly not impressed with the fact that Australia rested Steven Smith and David Warner. The two were rested so that preparations for the New Zealand Test series could be begun. He said,

"Anybody who is taking it lightly, representing the country, deserves the result they get. Always play with your best players. It smacks of arrogance.”

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