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Bowlers did really well: Dhoni

Nottingham: Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Sunday lauded his bowlers for a good performance on a flat Trent Bridge wicket.

Excerpts

The pitch

Well, I have always maintained that looking at the wicket and thinking how it will behave is out of our hands. We were not really thinking about it and our focus was on making most out of what was given to us. Vijay batted well, and some others supported him well, so overall the batting department looked really good. On a wicket like this the bowlers could find it hard, but I thought our bowlers really did well. They bowled close to 160 overs, and their effort was great…

If he expected such a flat wicket

I’ve always said that when you come to a country you want to play on a wicket that’s the specialty of that country. You know, there’s no fun in going to India and expecting flat wickets… But it’s very good if you score a hundred on a turning track. When you come out of India, you would like the wicket to be slightly quicker. England is not known for fast wickets but here it’s more about swing and overcast conditions... When you to go South Africa, you will find more seam and bounce… In Australia, like in England, it is more about swing. That’s what you want to see.

Batting in these conditions

Once you get in there, you need to respect the bowlers. Of course, if the ball is in your area you would like to play the shots. And you will give some more respect to the experienced bowlers and look for opportunity to score off some others, and the most important thing is that you should score off bad balls.

The five-bowler experiment

Well, I don’t about the future because I need to see the wicket. Yes, I don’t remember when was the last time we went in with five bowlers. It looked a bit cramped because the wicket was not suiting Stuart Binny’s kind of bowling. Jadeja could use the rough on the wicket, so I was not really forced to give too many overs to Binny. Overall, I though it helped me to keep the bowlers fresh.

Batting at No. 6

Well, I have batted at No.6 before. At times, you feel that you have to dress up a bit quicker than batting at No.7. What we have seen in the last few games that we played outside India is that we were hampered by not having that extra bowler. We could have won some of those games had we got the extra bowler. Overall, this is something we can continue forward. There are cases where cricketers make big hundred on their debut and are consistent right from the word go. Otherwise, what we have seen is a lot of individuals who take up a lot of time to adjust to Test cricket. So I feel, I can pick up a lot of positives from the way the team has developed in the last one year that we have travelled abroad. You don’t always want results in your favour, but what you want is to see team improving.

The Ravindra Jadeja-Stuart Binny partnership

That was a very important partnership looking at the game because we were not really safe at that time. We had at least half a day’s play or more at that stage. Had it not been for that partnership we could have struggled to defend the amount of runs we had scored at that stage. That partnership was much needed.

If he was disappointed at failing to make most of a good position on Day III

That’s part and parcel of the game, and it doesn’t really matter who has scored runs or taken wickets because at the end of the day it is a team game. It doesn’t really matter if No. 11 is scoring the runs or No.7 is scoring. Overall, it is important that we have runs on the board ...

Not declaring the innings

There was no thought of a declaration... Why we didn’t declare is because we didn’t want to declare.