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It's not a revenge series: Dhoni

india Updated: Oct 21, 2011 11:25 IST
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The ongoing ODI series against England might be billed as 'revenge series' for India after the drubbing they received this summer but captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is no mood to term it that way, saying "revenge is a very strong word in sports".

Whitewashed in all three formats of the game in England, India took sweet revenge by taking an unassailable 3-0 lead in the ongoing rubber against the Englishmen with a series-clinching five-wicket victory in the third one-dayer here.

"Revenge is a very strong word when it comes to sport. I don't think it should be used in sport. On one side we are speaking about spirit of the game and on the other side we are talking about revenge," Dhoni said at the post-match press conference.

Dhoni also lauded his young team for putting up a terrific show against a strong England side in the three matches so far in the absence of a couple of senior players due to injuries.

"I am quite happy with the performance of the team when it comes to the ODI format. In England, we made lots of runs, it's just that we never won the toss and had to bowl last. On couple of occasions, rain and dew factor played spoilsport," he said.

"Here the conditions are in our favour. The bowlers are used to the conditions and bowling really well. So it's a positive sign."