Our bowlers have improved: Dhoni

Last Updated: Wed, Nov 27, 2013 13:54 hrs

India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni today credited the 2-1 ODI series win over the West Indies to team effort and said bowling performance has also improved a lot as compared to the recent contest against Australia.

Dhoni said while the top-order batsmen were in fine form, what was heartening was the improved show by the bowlers.

"If you compare the Australia series to the kind of death bowling we did today...even if we were missing the yorkers, it was not by much. They were ending up as low full tosses and that is a big improvement for us," he said, comparing the performance of his bowlers against the West Indies with the seven-ODI series against Australia, which India won 3-2.

"Also in the middle overs, the two spinners and Raina, is a big positive," Dhoni said after India beat West Indies by five wickets in the third and final One-dayer here to win the three-match series 2-1.

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On his batsmen's consistent performance, Dhoni said, "Rohit (Sharma) and Skikhar (Dhawan) gave a very good start, Virat has been as consistent as ever, and we have finished well with the lower order."

Dhoni was all praise of his bowlers for restricting West Indies to a gettable target on a Green Park tract, which was more conducive to batting than expected.

"Once you win the toss and field, it is important to restrict the opponents. We bowled well, but were unlucky, some edges did not carry, there were lots of play-and-misses. 280 becomes quite a big score. I felt it was not a normal Kanpur wicket, it was much better to bat on. That is why 260 seemed just below a par score."

Man of the Match, Shikhar Dhawan, who hit 119 today, said he was comfortable with the tract as he played on such kind of wickets in Delhi.

"We usually play on these kind of tracks in Delhi and I am used to playing on them. I knew there would not be much bounce and the drives were on. Happy with my form, the team is doing great," he said.

"This year has been great and I hope to continue to play like this. In the previous two ODIs also, I was playing well but got out. So I wanted to score big today," Dhawan, who has scored five centuries this season, said. 

Bravo said once they restricted India under 300, they backed themselves to chase the target.

"We planned out very well. We communicated well on the field. The bowlers did their job, we fielded well, our batsmen got into fifties. We backed ourselves to chase," he said.

Man-of-the-match Sammy thanked the team management for keeping faith in him after his disastrous outing as a skipper in the two-match Test series, which India comfotably won 2-0.

"I must thank my team-mates for giving me another opportunity. It must have been difficult to do that, seeing how the series has gone for me. Simmons and I communicated well. We backed ourselves to get 90-odd in the last ten overs. Once I am hitting the ball nicely, it was always good for me. Good to contribute in a crucial game," he said.

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