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HindustanTimes Sat,22 Nov 2014

Cricket

Jaipur ODI win is one of the best performances: Dhoni
PTI
Jaipur, October 16, 2013
First Published: 01:50 IST(17/10/2013)
Last Updated: 01:50 IST(17/10/2013)

Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Wednesday described his side's second ever highest successful run chase in ODI history against Australia in Jaipur as one of the best performances with his young players showing controlled aggression.

"I think this has got to be one of the best you can see. Irrespective of the rule change, field restrictions and the pitch, I said 360 was still going to be a tall chase," Dhoni said after his side chase down 360 with 40 balls to spare to crush the Australians by nine wickets in the second ODI.

"I knew that we can chase down the target. Once we had scored 411 but Sri Lanka chased it down (at Rajkot in 2009). So I told the players not to look at the target and just go and play. Shikhar batted very well, Kohli was amazing, Rohit got a big knock," he said.

Dhoni said what was noteworthy of his batsmen was that they were controlled in that aggression.

"It was an ideal pitch, fast outfield, but you need to keep the shape as a batsman, that's what they did well. Most of our batsmen don't have the experience of a Yuvraj Singh who has played over 250 matches. What you have to do is to be aggressive, but what is important is that you don't have to slog, you have to maintain good shape," Dhoni said.

"Our batting is looking good, but it's unfair to assume the batsmen are going to chase a 300 plus target everytime."     

Asked about his side's bowling performance, Dhoni said, "We need to improve in bowling. The reason is that if you attempt a yorker and it becomes a low full toss, it's fine, but if it becomes a waist-high full toss, then the margin is too much. It's one area we are looking to improve."


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