BANGALORE: India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni praised Virat Kohli for showing "excellent temperament" during team's tricky yet successful run-chase against New Zealand in the second Test on Monday.
"Virat was superb with the bat. There are two ways to tackle the pressure. Either you fight through it or you just soak it, and I believe Virat really batted well. He showed excellent temperament," Dhoni said at the post-match presentation ceremony.
India were in a spot of bother after losing three quick wickets, but Kohli and Dhoni combined together to see their team home.
"It seemed as if we were not playing in Bangalore but in Napier. Ashwin and Ojha combined well and they were ably supported by Zaheer and Umesh. There was something for the bowlers in the pitch. The New Zealanders got a bit more purchase from the wicket but our spinners were brilliant," Dhoni stated.
He added that India has been led well by the bowlers since last few tournamnets.
"They hunted in pack and that has been the case since past few series'," he said.
Man of the match Kohli, who is in the form of his life admitted that it was indeed a "tricky situation."
"It was a tricky situation when I went out to bat. Me and MS decided that we would target 10 runs at a time and it worked for us," the Delhi lad stated.
Asked about the areas of batting that he has worked on, Kohli replied,"I needed to be more patient and it worked. There was more turn (on offer) today and it was a great wicket."