Kochi, Jan 16: Team India's Ravindra Jadeja feels his partnership with Dhoni was very crucial it helped the team record a massive 127-run win against England in the second ODI of the five-match series at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kochi on Tuesday.
Jadeja's allround show was the highlight of the second ODI as the Saurashtra batsman made his presence count with a scintillating 61 off 37 balls and claimed 2/12 off 7 overs.
Jadeja was involved in a 96-run stand for the 6th wicket with MS Dhoni which accelerated the team's scoring rate, as Team India added 110 runs off the last 10 overs.
"I enjoyed my batting. The wicket was good and the ball was coming on. I knew the wicket. It was going to be a bit slow, but once you get in, you can score runs. Also, Mahi bhai was telling me, don't throw away your wicket," he said.
Playing at Kochi wasn't new for the Saurashtra batsman, as he was a part of the scrapped scrapped IPL Team Kochi Tuskers in 2011.
Jadeja, aptly named the man of the match for his allround show, attributed his success to his experience of playing at the same ground during IPL.
Dhoni also lauded the allrounder and heaped praise on his performance in the second ODI.
"It was a very important innings not only for him but for the side also. He has done well as a bowler and scored runs once in a while. It is important for him to get runs because it eases the pressure on the middle-order," Dhoni added.
He is capable of hitting big sixes and he did that today. Overall, I am very happy with his performance," Dhoni said after the team's 127-run win over England on Tuesday.
Since Jadeja has been performing well, Team India would hope the allrounder continues to torment Alastair Cook's XI in the remaining matches.