The credit goes to Sachin and Sourav: Dhoni

Published: Tuesday, October 9, 2007, 3:35 [IST]
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Dhoni exults after stumping Australian batsman Brad HodgeChandigarh: Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni yesterday saluted master blaster Sachin Tendulkar and southpaw Sourav Ganguly for laying the foundation of Team India's win, while describing it as a great team effort.

Talking to newspersons after India's victory, Dhoni who was also named man-of-the-match, said, ''I think the credit goes to Sachin and Sourav, the way they batted. Though we were pretty slow but the Australians bowled well in suitable conditions.'' ''I think we scored 292 only because of that start. Initially we thought we wont get 250 runs the way we were batting and the way the ball was moving,'' he added.

The jubilant skipper also pinched his counterpart by saying that the win showed that his men were not really interested in playing verbal cricket, instead they are happy to do the talking with the bat and ball.

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''We don't really play verbal cricket. We're quite good at playing with bat and ball. Ofcourse you have to keep calm and cool but you have to give a reply,'' Dhoni said.

The 26-year-old Jharkhand lad, who won his first ODI match this evening since he took over as India captain was lavish in his praise for his team mates.

''This game was good, nobody crossed the limitations. I think nobody wants a game without chit chat. It adds to the game as long as it is within limitations it's good,'' he said.

About the toss Dhoni said it was good toss to win, but added that ''If we had lost early wickets then people would have said it was a bad decision batting on a wicket that was helping the bowlers.''

Asked what he thought was the turning point of the match in his team's favoure, the skipper replied, ''Off course the dismissals of Mathew Hayden and Symonds, but full marks to Harbhajan and Karthik who bowled superbly. But yes Hayden's and Symonds' wickets were crucial.''

To a question whether the pitch changed its course during the match, Dhoni said, ''I think in India it does change a lot. It becomes slow and low and doesn't really assist the fast bowlers after a while. But that's one of the chances you have to take especially when you aren't chasing very well. So winning the toss and batting was a good option.''

About the unhappiness shown by Aussie skipper Ricky Ponting on his dismissal, Dhoni admitted, ''I wasn't 100 per cent sure. It was a quick one and you don't exactly know when the glove hit the wicket and where the leg exactly was. Later on, I realised the mark on the line was on the outer part of the broad line and the umpires take the inner part of the popping crease. Then I realised I had a good chance but wasn't sure.''

He was also candid enough to admit that he was a bit worried after the opening bowlers proved too expensive. ''It was difficult because they were not getting help like the Australian team did initially. It's about the team's win in the end and if you can contribute to it,'' Dhoni said.

As to why Sachin Tendulkar did not take the field during the second half of the game and whether the master baster sustained a injury during his 79-run innings today, he said, ''I don't know what the situation is. When we get the confirmation about it we can let you guys know.''

He also hailed left-arm spinner Murali Karthik's performance saying, ''I think he was brilliant. I was one of the people who wanted a left-arm spinner in the side. If he didn't do so well I would have been at the receiving end right now. He proved his part and contributed to the team's win.''

Asked to comment why there was change in Robin Utappha and Rahul Dravid's batting order, he said, ''People perform differently under the pressure of chasing compared to batting first. The Australians played a few shots under pressure that they wouldn't have played under a different scenario.''


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