T20 World Cup win not a fluke, says Dhoni

Published: Sunday, October 21, 2007, 3:35 [IST]
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Mumbai: Indian cricket team again proved that they are the masters in T20, the new format of cricket, by defeating mighty Australia at the Brabourne Stadium here.

Electing to bat first, the Kangaroos made 166 for five in the stipulated 20 overs, thanks to the innings of 76 by skipper Ricky Ponting.

However, the four time World champions never looked in a commanding position to win this match, as the Indian batsman always maintained the scoring rate, thanks to a 'serious' knock by Gautam Gambhir of 63, who was adjudged Man of the Match and thus winning a Maruti car.

Mumbai, Oct 20 (UNI) Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni said his team's victory over Australia in the T20 Future Cup at the Brabourne Stadium here tonight proved that their recent victory in Twenty20 World Cup was not a fluke.

India mauled Australia by seven wickets.

''We wanted to prove that T20 World Cup victory was not a fluke,'' he said while talking to reporters in the post-match news conference.

The Indian captain also hailed opener Gautam Gambhir for his splendid show with the bat. The way he batted was amazing and he should continue his form against Pakistan also, he said.

With tonight's victory, the confidence level of the team has gone up, he said.

He said the team has done fairly well in all aspects of the game including batting, bowling and fielding, and congratulated Gautam Gambhir for his knock.

''We will continue to perform well in future also,'' beaming Dhoni added.

'Man of the match' Gambhir said he was keen to carry on his good form in the one-day format.

''I am eager to carry my form of T20 in one-day internationals also, he added.

Speaking on the occasion, Australian captain Ricky Ponting said the major reason for his team's defeat in T20 was the extras given by the bowlers.

The Aussies gave the benefit of 24 extras to India, while the Indian bowlers conceded only nine extras, he said.

He admitted that one error in T20 format of cricket could prove heavy for the team and cited an example of the Indian wicket on a delivery by B W Hilfenhaus, which was a no ball.

''We will definitely improve in this format of cricket also,'' said Ponting, who led the team to claim two World Cups.


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