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Have lost all adjectives for Virat Kohli, nobody at par with him: Sourav Ganguly

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Cometh the hour, cometh the man! The idiom fits Virat Kohli perfectly. Kohli has been on a spree in 2016, scoring heaps of runs in all formats. The stylish cricketer today once again anchored India's run chase with a masterly 154 not out to help the side win the third ODI against New Zealand by seven wickets and take a 2-1 lead in the five-match series.

Former India captain Sourav Ganguly was all praise for Kohli, who emulated Sachin Tendulkar's record of 14 hundreds in successful run chases in the history of ODI cricket.

"It's remarkable. It's such a pleasure to see him bat. We keep talking good things about him. I have lost all adjectives about him. It's just another good knock. Great knock to be honest. I wish he keeps playing like this," Ganguly told India Today.

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Ganguly also termed Kohli as the best ODI finisher in the world at the moment.

"By far Virat Kohli there's no doubt about it. He not just scores hundreds at No.3, he even wins matches. He gets hundreds in all conditions whether it's in Australia, England or South Africa. There's no comparison with MS Dhoni. These two are the best ODI players along with Rohit Sharma in the squad. I think Kohli is miles ahead of others in terms of his average, in terms of winning, in terms of scoring runs in all conditions. I don't think Dhoni has got a hundred away from sub-continent in ODI but Kohli has got hundreds in all conditions. I think Rohit has also got hundred in Australia but none of them will be at par with Kohli at the moment," Ganguly.

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'DHONI SHOULD BAT AT NO. 4'

Chasing a tricky 286 for a win, India lost openers early and were reduced to 41/2 in the 9th over. Captain Mahendra Singh made a surprise move by promoting himself up the order. He joined forces with Virat Kohli and put on 151 runs for the third wicket.

Dhoni scored 80 off 90 deliveries, his first fifty in 11 innings. Ganguly said Dhoni should continue to bat at No.4.

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"Not sure if he continues to bat at No.4. Anil Kumble needs to push him up the order because it makes life lot easier for him and people coming down the order. He hasn't got ODI hundred for three years and the reason is he bats just 40-50 balls. I think he not only undermines his talent but also undermines his team's capacity of winning games."

"If you see the innings of Kohli and Dhoni and none of them were under any pressure because both were scoring runs at will. That's what happens when your two best one day players are at the crease. For me the Indian batting should be Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni, KL Rahul and Ajinkya Rahane. Take the pressure upfront.

"He keeps talking about finishing games. He finished the game today as well. He played so well at No.4," Ganguly said.

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