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Monday, 12 September 2011

Will be the first win of the series - Dhoni

Rain had the last word in the fourth ODI between England and India at Lord’s as play was called off with the scores tied at 270 under the Duckworth/Lewis system.

India may have lost the five-match ODI series with one game remaining with this tie, but skipper Mahindra Singh Dhoni was relieved with his personal performance and that of the team.

In a post-match media interview, Dhoni spoke about the thrilling game in which India’s young recruits came into play.


On whether he felt a tie was the best result
Frankly speaking I wouldn’t really crib about it because what’s happening in this series could have happened in the World Cup [2011] and I am glad that none of the injuries happened in the World Cup so we will take the result with an open heart. The bowlers did a good job today irrespective of the fact that there was rain quite late in the innings; but still they did really well.

On whether India fancied their chances of winning towards the end of the game
We did but also what we need remember is [that] god has been on our side also so it’s a challenge for us. We have had a tough series so far and nothing really went our way. But as I said, we will take it with an open heart.

On being pleased with the team’s performance and the response from young cricketers
They have [performed] and especially [Ravindra] Jadeja, he is doing his job brilliantly, because a fifth bowler is the key especially in conditions like these where it’s difficult for three part-timers. Once you have five bowlers it becomes a bit easy to manoeuvre around and even once the ball got wet we had a fair amount of resources.

On Suresh Raina’s ODI performance
He has done really well. He is one batsman [who has been made to bat] more often than not [at] No. 6. He is someone who can bat up the order also but we know he has got a fair amount of fire-power. Once he is set [then] in the last ten overs he can destruct almost any bowling attack in the world. It is good for him. We get a confidence boost out of this game and it will reflect in the coming series.

On looking forward to winning the last match in Cardiff
That will be the first win of the series. We have not really won anything and not to forget for some of the boys it is a four-month tour, two months in West Indies and close to two months here. So some of them will be looking to [go] back but we have one more game so we will give it our best shot.

source: http://www.bcci.tv/


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