Hyderabad, Mar 5: MS Dhoni gave credit to his team-mates for winning his 22nd Test as India captain here on Tuesday. Dhoni surpassed Sourav Ganguly in India's innings and 135-run win over Australia in the second Test.
"I think I have got a very good side. Yes, we have gone through a period in which we didn't win many games. Credit goes to the team and the support staff. And winning most matches as captain is a collective effort, and credit goes to each and everyone," he said.
Reflecting on the second Test triumph, Dhoni said every player contributed the way he was expected to.
"It was important to get off to a good start. Bhuvneshwar (Kumar) provided that. You don't see fast bowlers getting too many in these conditions. We often talk about long partnerships. If you get 40-50, you have to score big. That's what (Cheteshwar) Pujara and (Murali) Vijay did," he said.
"That resulted in a massive partnership, which gave us the freedom to accelerate yesterday. It was very important to not give their seamers wickets, and I think they saw that period off really well," Dhoni said.
Dhoni praised his bowlers for delivering wickets and keeping it tight.
"It is a very good bowling performance. It was important to start today's play really well, and Ishant gave us the important breakthrough," he said.
Man-of-the-match Cheteshwar Pujara said the double hundred in the match has taken away a lot of pressure that he built on himself.
"I am really happy about it. There was a bit of pressure on me. I just got married, and my wife was worried I should perform," he quipped.
Pujara said the plan was to guard his wicket against fast bowlers before accelerating.
"We knew that the new ball would do a bit. The plan was to not lose any wickets in that first session. Scoring those many runs in domestic circuit has given me the experience to help me keep the tempo. My hundred here in Hyderabad against New Zealand last year helped me in my innings
"It was a very important partnership with Vijay, our communication was good and it set the platform."