New Delhi: Though India lost the series opener against Australia by five wickets at WACA, Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni heaped praise on debutant left-arm pacer Barinder Sran.
Sran gave India a dream start with the ball as he creating havoc in the Australian batting line-up by sending both openers – David Warner and Aaron Finch – back to pavilion inside the first five overs, when the hosts came to chase the challenging total of 309.
"The fast bowlers bowled well and gave us a good start with two wickets. That is the kind of start you need when you put runs on the board. But I think the spinners could have bowled better,” said Dhoni in the post-match conference.
Barinder emerged as the best Indian bowler as he scalped three wickets and gave 56 runs in his 9.2 overs.
"I think he bowled really well. He was hitting the right areas, which I feel is important. Being a left-arm fast bowler, they have that slight advantage of the angle that goes away from the right-handed batsmen,” added the skipper.
However, it seems that Dhoni still wants to judge the pacer more, as he stated: “I felt overall he bowled really well, but I won't make judgment based on one game. We'll also have to see in the coming games when there is pressure on him right from the start, if the batsmen are set, if he is put under pressure in the first circle regulation itself - then we'll have to see how he bowls. But overall, if you just ask me today, I think he bowled really well."