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'Kohli ton up there with Richards' best'

Press Trust Of India
Mar 02, 2012 at 10:35pm IST

Melbourne: Former Australian batsman Dean Jones says Virat Kohli's 86-ball 133 in a tri-series match against Sri Lanka was one of the "greatest" one-day international knocks, and felt the young batsman must be promoted to the number three position in the shorter formats.

"What a bizarre week of cricket it has been. Virat Kohli's innings on Tuesday against Sri Lanka is up there with one of the greatest one-day international knocks of all time," Jones said.

"Honestly, how can India chase down 320 and get the runs in 36.4 overs with the form they have been in?" he asked.

Kohli ton up there with Richards' best: Jones

Kohli's 86-ball 133 in a tri-series match against Sri Lanka helped India chase down 320 in 36.4 overs.

India rode on Kohli's stunning knock to keep their chances alive in the CB series, before Sri Lanka dashed their hopes by winning their last match against Australia at the MCG on Friday.

"Kohli's innings rates up there with Viv Richards' epic knock against England in 1984. At one stage the West Indies were 7-102, and Viv went on to smash 189 not out to help take his team to a total of 272."

"India had to win their match and win it well. Young charges such as Kohli showed the way. Surely now, India have to make some changes in their one-day and Test teams after this tour."

"I think Kohli should be No. 3 in India's one-day team but not for Tests. He still needs to work on the defensive side to his game to be a Test No. 3. I believe he is well suited to No. 4 or No. 5," Jones wrote in the Sydney Morning Herald.

Jones also took a dig at the Indian cricket board.

"The funny thing about the Board of Control for Cricket in India is that it refuses to have a review system for umpires and yet it says it will have a review of the tour when the team returns."

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