MS Dhoni's knock made all the difference: Cook

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Published: Wednesday, January 16, 2013, 9:45 [IST]
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Kochi, Jan 16: England skipper Alastair Cook on Tuesday said that MS Dhoni's hits during the death overs made the difference and hurt England as India posted 110 runs off the last 10 overs.

India having posted 177/5 off 40 overs, had lost Raina for 55 in the 40th over, which put Dhoni under pressure as he had to stay for long to ensure that India posted a defendable total. Alongwith Ravindra Jadeja, Dhoni added 96 runs for the 6th wicket.

Alastair Cook lauds Dhoni's performance

Talking about the same after a massive 127-run loss, Alastair Cook said "It's too many, last ten overs saw them score almost 110 runs which does hurt. It's very tough when you've got people like Dhoni at the end. You get exposed when you don't quite get the skills right."

Dhoni, yet again proved that he is one of the best finishers of the game, as Cook also admired Team India skipper's 66-ball 72, which included 7 boundaries and 2 sixes.

"He (Dhoni) is probably the best player in the world in these conditions," Cook added.

Defending his gameplan during the death overs, Cook said it was a tough decision and couldn't bring in a part time bowler when Dhoni was at his best.

"You're always going to get a hindsight, but probably one batsman you don't want an offspinner bowling to is Dhoni. We've seen him a number of times and with a spinner at the end, it's very hard to bowl to him. So, look, clearly when you get hit for 68 runs in the last five overs, you think, maybe now, you could have done things differently. But at the time, for me, it was a very big gamble to make," he said.

He also added that top order collapse cost them as they found it very difficult to recover from it as they lost the second ODI by 127 runs.

"I think we were 60 for one at the end of the tenth over, and then we lost three for 20, and that cost us the game. And for the lower order against spinners, it was going to be very hard," he said.


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