He picked Kohli, who scored an unbeaten 112 of 98 balls to help India to a comfortable eight-wicket victory here at the Ferozshah Kotla yesterday, for special praise.
'Virat is batting very well and has improved as a cricketer. It is always beneficial for the youngsters to come at the top of the order so that they get the time to settle down and then convert the fifties into hundreds,' he said.
'Eventually he would learn to change is innings a bit and improve further as cricketer,' he added.
Kohli along with Gautam Gambhir (84 not out) had put up a 209-run stand together for the third wicket and Dhoni said that even though the latter couldn't score a century he played a crucial innings.
'One can't forget Gambhir. He batted extremely well. Batting at number three he faced the English bowlers well and, along with Virat, got some kind of a partnership going, which was very important. Their partnership was brilliant.'
Asked to compare the team's performance in England, where India could not win a single match in all three formats of the game, Dhoni said that it was the 'wet ball that made all the difference.'
'There is no particular reason why we are doing well but I think in England it was hard to grip the wet ball and I think that made the difference.'
Dhoni also agreed that India have become better as a chasing unit. 'Even when the scores are higher we have surely' improved as a chasing unit. We have improved over as a team,' he said.
The 30-year-old Dhoni said that coach Duncan Fletcher's inputs in England were as valuable as it is here in India but as they were losing matches there he had to take all the criticism.
'In England, he did not do anything too differently. But when the team doesn't do well all these questions arise. His inputs were valuable there also. Plans and strategies sometimes click and sometimes they don't.
'Here the conditions are different and every team has to adapt to the different condition. So more than the team strategies it is up to the individuals to do the things right and play right kind of a game. A lot depend on players also,' the wicketkeeper-batsman said.
'Whenever England have come to India, more often than not our bowlers have done well. Wickets here are different and it is difficult for the strokeplayers.
'Once the openers are out, it puts pressure on the middle and lower middle order,' he said.
Talking about pacer Umesh Yadav, Dhoni said that he is impressive, but only time will tell how much would he be able to sustain.
'Umesh is very quick as far as Indian pacers are concerned. But he is prone to injuries so I feel it is very important how we manage him and get him stronger.
'Sometimes speed is not everything, you have to bring in variations also. But more games he play, more he will improve as a pacer. Only time will if he can sustain,' explained Dhoni.
Asked about Kohli's bowling, Dhoni said his action is a bit 'complicated.'
'If I have resource I would like to save him. But we must keep him ready so that whenever needed he can bowl for us 3-5 overs.
'He is young and injuries are not so much of concern but as I said his action is a bit complicated.'
Asked if he was looking for a whitewash, Dhoni said, 'For us it's all about winning one game at a time, improving ourselves as cricketers, especially with youngsters in the side.'
Man of the Match, Kohli said he was desperate to perform in front of his home crowd.
'It's especially satisfying playing at my home ground. I was really keen to perform at my home ground, really happy with the way I batted,' Kohli said.
Asked about the track, he said, 'The pitch did a bit early and the English bowlers were getting some bounce early on, but it was coming on to the bat beautifully.
'On this kind of wicket if you play good cricket shots you can get boundaries. I'm definitely hungry for more, you never know when you can hit a bad patch. I want to continue my form as much as I can, but stay humble in the process.'