Mahendra Singh Dhoni heaved a sigh of relief after his team turned its fortunes around with a 133-run win in the second ODI against England in Cardiff on Wednesday and the Indian captain said itâ€™s a â€śgood format to come back into formâ€ť following the Test series debacle.
Dhoni was cheered on as he walked up to the dais for the post-match presentation ceremony.
Suresh Raina smashed a belligerent 75-ball century as India began their one-day campaign on a resounding note when they trounced England by 133 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series at Sophia Gardens.
â€śIn the next three matches weâ€™ll have more support than the England team which is unusual at times. You canâ€™t play one-dimensional cricket, itâ€™s a good format to come back into form,â€ť Dhoni said at the presentation ceremony.
â€śThe start is always crucial, the first 10 overs was not about the runs we scored and it was important to not lose wickets. If we have a good stand after 30 overs we will double the score.â€ť
â€śLosing too many early wickets puts pressure on the players who play big shots and itâ€™s not always easy. Rohit and Shikhar batted well early on.â€ť
Dhoni felt there was just the â€śright amount of rainâ€ť to help his spinners.
England skipper Alastair Cook said his team was not up to the mark.
â€śWe didnâ€™t play very well at all. Credit to Suresh and MS, they took the game away from us and we were slow to react. But it wasnâ€™t a 160-wicket. We didnâ€™t turn up in any of our departments. We have to dust ourselves down, come back and play better,â€ť Cook said.
Cook said there was a lot of talent in his and side and that it would make a comeback.
Man of the Match Raina said, â€śThe wicket was really good. I thought if I batted until 45th over we could put a target on the board.
â€śIâ€™ve seen a lot of the Test matches, I was looking forward to this game. Iâ€™ve worked really hard on my batting and fitness.â€ť
Put into bat, India, who are looking to put their Test 1-3 debacle behind them, rode Rainaâ€™s 100 to post a challenging 304 for six in 50 overs.
As per the revised target under the Duckworth/Lewis method, England needed 295 runs in 47 overs but were bowled out for 161 in 38.1 overs.