Ranchi, Jan 20: India captain MS Dhoni has said that winning the match was more important than entertaining his home crowd during the third One Day International against England at JSCA International Stadium on Saturday evening.
With nearly 40,000 fans at the stadium and rooting for Dhoni to come out and bat in a small chase, it was only in the final stages that the favourite son of Ranchi got to bat. He finished the game off with a boundary, which was the perfect climax to India's seven-wicket rout of the visitors.
Speaking to the media after the victory, Dhoni made it clear that his first priority was to win and then about his batting.
"I understand the fact that the match was happening in Ranchi in front of people who love to see me bat. But our first priority was to win the match. It was of utmost importance. I am not just here to entertain the people of Ranchi. Therefore we stuck to what was best for the team. At that situation (No.4) Yuvraj Singh was the right player to walk out," Dhoni said.
Dhoni batted ahead of Suresh Raina and scored 10 not out in the chase of 156. Dhoni said that both Raina and himself were padded up and it was the left-hander who asked him to go and bat.
"I was sitting next to (Suresh) Raina who was up next and he said why don't you go there. It did not look like a wicket would fall but fortunately or unfortunately Yuvraj got out and I had to come," said Dhoni.