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Dhoni should have been the Man of the Match: Yuvraj

cricket Updated: Nov 01, 2009 00:48 IST

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Architect of India's six-wicket triumph over Australia, Man of the Match Yuvraj Singh on Saturday paid rich tributes to Mahendra Singh Dhoni, saying the captain deserved the award for guiding the team to victory.

The record 148-run stand between Yuvraj (78) and Dhoni (71 not out) made all the difference in the see-saw match and the left-hander said he thoroughly enjoyed batting along with Dhoni.

"He was fantastic... He deserved the Man of the Match award," Yuvraj told reporters.

Asked to compare his experience of batting alongside Dhoni and Rahul Dravid, Yuvraj said, "They are different players and Dhoni is obviously more dashing. He is the kind of batsman who can make up in the end. No doubt Rahul is a great Test batsman but the way Dhoni plays in one-day internationals, we all can learn from him."

Dwelling on his crucial partnership on what he described as the slowest surface he has played ever, Yuvraj said, "It was a low wicket and on this kind of wicket, I thought I have to spend a little time and get those first 30 runs. That was my target."

"Batting was tough. We thought me and Mahi would make a partnership. We looked for a 50-run partnership but it got better," he said.

"We played smart cricket. We did not go for the big shots early on, rather waited for loose balls. We picked up those singles and played smart cricket," Yuvraj explained.