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Skipper gives credit to bowlers for an easy victory
HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
Ranchi, January 19, 2013
First Published: 23:52 IST(19/1/2013)
Last Updated: 23:56 IST(19/1/2013)

The confidence of Alastair Cook following the Test series win seems to be ebbing away after two big losses in a row as he was left saying there cannot be miracle answers and his players will need to get many little things right.

On the other hand, MS Dhoni is feeling things are beginning to fall into place.

In Kochi, his explosive finish helped seal the game. In Ranchi, he could afford to hit the ceremonial winning four and then admire the new stadium in his hometown, assess Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Shami Ahmed's impressive efforts with the new ball and Ravindra Jadeja's growing confidence.

Perfect performance
“Overall it was a perfect performance,” declared Dhoni. “The credit goes to the bowlers, who did well and did not allow the opposition to score much. Because of that we were in a position to chase and win easily.”

He was delighted with Virat turning things around for himself after scores of 23, 0, 6, 7, 15 and 37 in his last six innings.

“It's good to see the way he paced his innings. It was very important because there was swing in the beginning. And once he crosses 50, he normally ensures he doesn't throw away his wicket. He played the big shots but at the same time was very calculated.

“The pitch did not ease out initially, there still was something in it for the fast bowlers. But Gautam batted very well with Virat. The intent was right. Whichever ball had to be hit, they played their shots,” he added.

Dhoni is pleased with the way the young seam attack and Ishant Sharma are shaping up in an injury-hit department.

“Overall, they are looking good. But we have to see in the future, how they do on flat tracks and different conditions.”

Although the in-form India skipper has refused to bat above No 6 despite top-order issues, he changed that rule on Saturday for his home fans.

He said: “I was sitting next to Raina and he said, 'Why don't you go in?' It is usually his slot. It looked like a wicket won't fall but I thought let me pad up and see and fortunately or unfortunately Yuvraj got out.”


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