Dhoni lauds good, all-round show by team

Dhoni lauds good, all-round show by team

Last Updated: Tuesday, March 05, 2013, 15:49
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Dhoni lauds good, all-round show by teamHyderabad: Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has praised his team`s brilliant all round show after India thrashed Australia by an innings and 135 runs on day four of the second Test match in Hyderabad, and took a two-nil lead in the four-match series.

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Australia became the first team in Test history to declare in their first innings and then lose by an innings, as the visitors began the day on 74-2, trailing by 192 runs. But they were bowled out for 131.

Cheteshwar Pujara was adjudged man of the match for his brilliant 204 in the first innings, which catapulted India to a total of 503 in reply to Australia`s first inning score of 237-9 declared.

Ravichandran Ashwin was again the chief destroyer as he picked up five wickets in Australia`s second innings.

Dhoni surpassed Sourav Ganguly as the most successful Indian Test captain with 22 wins after India won the second cricket Test against Australia by an innings and 135 runs here Tuesday. India now have a 2-0 lead in the four-match Border-Gavaskar Trophy series.

"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. We have gone through a period we haven't won many games," said Dhoni.


Dhoni said that it was important to get off to a good start, adding that fast bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar (3-53 in first innings) did well to provide them with that.

"It was important to get off to a good start. Bhuvneshwar provided that. You don't see fast bowlers getting too many in these conditions," he said.

Dhoni praised Pujara and opener Murli Vijay (167) for batting beautifully during the first innings and helping India post a big total.

"We often talk about long partnerships. If you get 40-50, you have to score big. That's what Pujara and Vijay did. That resulted in a massive partnership, which gave us the freedom to accelerate yesterday," he said.

Dhoni said it was a very good bowling performance from his players after Ishant Sharma provided an early breakthrough in the first session.

Dhoni was impressed with the way Pujara, Man of the Match, and Vijay negotiated the Australian seamers.

"It was very important to not give their seamers wickets, and I think they saw that period off really well. After that they could dictate terms," he said.

The India captain also had words of praise for his bowlers.

"Very good bowling performance. It was important to start today's play really well, and Ishant gave us the important breakthrough. I think I have got a very good side," he said.

Pujara on a lighter note said there was pressure on him to score since his newly-wed wife was worried.

"Really happy about it. There was a bit of pressure on me. I just got married, and my wife was worried I should perform," Pujara laughed.

On a much serious note, Pujara said the experience of scoring big innings in the domestic circuit stood in good stead for him.

"We knew that the new ball would do a bit. The plan was to not lose any wickets in that first session. My natural game to play that fast. Scoring those many runs in domestic runs has given me the experience to help me keep the tempo. It was a very important partnership with Vijay, our communication was good and it set the platform," he said.


With Agencies

First Published: Tuesday, March 05, 2013, 13:23

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NARSINGA RAJU - HYDERABAD
CONGRATZ TO OUR INDIAN CRICKET TEAM
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krishna - canacona goa
it,s great victory against australia......jai ho india..jai ho.........keep going.
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Rizwan - Naimarmoola
Well done boys....! Ashwin and pujara continued their gud form is well.....! All through the win credits the team works... All the best for next 2 matches...
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JAYDIP CHAUHAN - BHAVNAGAR
JO ACCHA KHELTE HE O TEAM SE BAHAR JO KHARAB KHELTA HE VO TEAM KE ANDAR
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somenath pandey - Ghana accra
Team did well speselly R ashwin and pujara
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aspi khan - bhandara
well done team india outstanding performance by all player. congrats....
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yvonne khan - hyderabad
Well done India congratulations hope it will be a clean sweep
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gurnam singh riar - new delhi
well done team india. performed excellant team work
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faishal - tamilnadu
vidu vidu adutha match pathukkalam
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Hareesh - Bengalur
It is home condition and in experienced OZ team helped us to win the match in 4 days.
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