Tuesday, October 18, 2011

MSDhoni frightened with youngsters

Posted by Admin On 11:37 AM

MS Dhoni said it feels great to be on the winning side with a bunch of youngsters who led the way in taking a 2-0 lead in the five-match ODI series against England. The hosts recorded an eight-wicket win over England at the Feroz shah Kotla in New Delhi on Monday, next their 126-run win at Hyderabad on Friday.
Dhoni pointed out that the youngsters display grit and reason after their unmemorable tour of England, where they were systematically beaten in both the ODIs and Test series.It is good to win and see the youngsters step up both with the bat and ball. I'm glad we're the winning side, it's really good,Dhoni said.Well, of course, the series in England wasn't a good one for us, but the team showed their quality not to lose their temper and still be sociable on the field.
He said:We needed a good start and Vinay and Praveen gave us that with early wickets. We never let them get a company together.Dhoni was alll praise for man-of-the-Match Virat Kohli, who made an unbeaten 112 and along with Gautam Gambhir (84 not out), stitched 209-run company for the third wicket.
Kohli is batting very well. It is important to give youngsters the opportunity to bat and get better their cricket. That is why it is important for them to bat up the order. Kohli is converting his starts into big scores. He is going through a phase and is humanizing at the same time,Dhoni said.
He added:Let us not forget Gautam's payment. He came to bat at No.3 when the English bowlers were able to extract some swing. We needed a partnership at that time. We did not have a lot of runs to chase. It was a bit of an under-par score. The firm flanked by Gautam and Kohli was really good. This was a good ODI wicket. For us, it's all about winning one game at a time, improving as cricketers, particularly with youngsters in the side.
Kohli also frightened with the ball with figures of 5-0-18-0, but Dhoni said he has no intention of turning him into a serious medium pacer.I dont want him to turn into a serious medium pacer. He has a complicated action and I don't want him to miss match because of injury. Obviously, he needs to keep bowling in case we need someone to bowl 3-5 overs,he said.
Asked why they could not perform as well in England, Dhoni said:There is not one reason why we are doing well now. In England, there was a case of the wet ball, with the spinners not getting enough turn and Duckworth-Lewis coming into play; it was not easy to score.
England has not beaten India in an ODI series in India since 1984-85. Dhoni felt it was just a matter of luck.It is a difficult question for me to answer. It is also a bit of their bad luck that whenever they come to India, our 6-7 batsmen have been in good form along with the bowlers. Also, waiting from England, the conditions are dissimilar and it is difficult to regulate strokes he said.


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