Tough to maintain top spot: Dhoni

Published: Sunday, December 6, 2009, 12:42 [IST]
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Tough to maintain top spot: Dhoni

Mumbai: After leading his side to top of the Test world, Indian captain MS Dhoni said that the tough task now is to hold on to the position by becoming more consistent.

"It's a great moment for us. We have achieved the number one Test ranking in the world, but the real task starts from here. We have to maintain the ranking, especially when it comes to Test cricket," Dhoni said after India thrashed Sri Lanka by an innings and 24 runs to clinch the three-match series 2-0 and go atop the ICC rankings.

Describing victory as a brilliant team effort, the Indian captain said the Indians were dominant throughout and lavished praise on explosive opener Virender Sehwag, who set up the win with his blazing 293-run knock in the first innings.

"When we are pushed to the wall, we come out with some special performances. Overall I think it was a terrific team performance in this series. Every batsman, who got in, in this match did his job. Especially Virender Sehwag," he said.

He also credited the win to pace spearhead Zaheer Khan, who took a five-wicket haul, and a much improved fielding effort.

"We had a big total and could put pressure with close-in fielders. Zaheer is back in the rhythm and it was good to see the fast bowlers do well in India. Zaheer is a very good bowler and he always gets wickets for us whenever the team requires," Dhoni said.

"There was a bit of reverse swing but not much help to them but they have bowled very well. Our fielding was good. I think we caught nearly everything that came our way. Team has scored in catching. Catching has improved a lot and it has been good in this series," he said.


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