Kolkata, Oct 27: England's hopes of pulling one back in the final ODI failed as skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni's unbeaten 75 helped India to a total of 271. Dhoni's runs proved crucial during pressure situations.
England bowlers failed to claim MS Dhoni"s wicket during the 5-match ODI series as the Indian skipper scored 212 runs without getting out even once.
He had also scored a fiery 87 in the first ODI at Hyderabad which India won by a massive 126 runs.
Though he didn"t come to bat in the second ODI, he stayed unbeaten in the next two games (35 in Mohali and 15 in Mumbai) which India won comprehensively. Dhoni was adjudged man of the series for his brilliant show with the bat.
Failing to win a single match in the away series in England, India came into the series with several injuries to senior players like Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh and Zaheer Khan. Despite these injuries Team India secured a series whitewash against England.
Dhoni praised youngsters for delivering the goods," Youngsters are doing very well in one-dayers. It is always good to win games and good to see youngsters stepping up and coming up with good performances," he said.
Speaking about young pacer Umesh Yadav, Dhoni said,"Umesh is very quick as far as Indian pacers are concerned. But he is prone to injuries so I feel it is very important how we manage him and get him stronger. Sometimes speed is not everything, you have to bring in variations also. But more games he play, more he will improve as a pacer. Only time will if he can sustain."
Dhoni also said pacer Varun Aaron, who made his debut, was a good addition to the team. "He bowled quick. If you can bowl quick, it's difficult to rotate the strike. Now we have both Umesh Yadav and Aaron and we can make a good choice according to the conditions," he said.
Overall team performance helped India win the series with ease. India's fielding performance has improved over the years and it showed in this series with Ravindra Jadeja, Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina considered the best fielders in the side.
India will play the lone Twenty20 match against England on Saturday, 29th October at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.