Kochi was a perfect Test wicket, says MS Dhoni

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Published: Wednesday, January 16, 2013, 11:19 [IST]
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Kochi, Jan 16: Team India skipper MS Dhoni on Tuesday said that Kochi track was a perfect Test wicket and he also admitted that he had read it wrong at the start of the game and felt it would not assist spinners.

"It seemed like a wicket that may flatten, we thought it will dry up and spinners may not get much turn. Good that I was wrong and our spinners got turn," he said after the match.

Kochi was a perfect Test wicket: Dhoni

Dhoni also felt that the track assisted fast bowlers in the beginning and later saw spinners shine on the same wicket which made it a perfect wicket for Tests.

"Initially when there was something for the fast bowlers, it is important to see that phase off. We didn't get a good start, openers were finding it difficult, Yuvraj and Kohli gave us the platform," the Indian captain said.

"I think the wicket was a perfect Test wicket, something for the fast bowlers and plenty of turn for the spinners, which is what we are looking for," he said.

Talking about his partnership with Ravindra Jadeja, Dhoni said 96-run stand for the 6th wicket was crucial as they posted 285/6 in 50 overs.

"Last 10 overs, we gave over 100 runs. They cost us the game. I think 240-250 on this wicket was a gettable score," he said.

Dhoni's 66-ball 72 and Ravindra Jadeja's 37-ball 61 helped India post a challenging 285/6. After posting a defendable total spinners did not let down the skipper as R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja claimed five wickets between them to restrict the opposition to 158 off 36 overs.

Pleased with the team's performance, Dhoni lauded the bowlers and also praised the fielding efforts that helped India bounce back in style after losing the first ODI by 9 runs.


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