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Our execution was perfect: Captain Dhoni

Shami Ahmed

Ranchi: Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Saturday expressed satisfaction with the performance of his bowlers. At the post-match press conference following the seven-wicket victory, the Team India captain also praised Ravindra Jadeja’s all-round show.

The following are excerpts

Winning on home turf

It’s a beautiful stadium… It was important to get off to a good start. We did not let the opposition make a big score, so we were in a good position to chase and win easily.

If he rates the victory as memorable

There are quite a few ones... It’s difficult to remember as you live in the present. It’s difficult for me to exactly remember the 2007 World T20 that we won, and even the last one --- the 50-over World Cup triumph. There are quite a few moments that we really enjoyed. It would be difficult for me to rate... But in the end, I would like to say that it’s one of the best stadium... Overall, it was a very good match and the execution was just perfect.

The new opening bowling combination

We wanted the new ball to be used in the best possible manner. So we used Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Shami Ahmed up front. Ishant gets a bit more bounce, so even if the ball becomes old, he can still be effective. Moreover, he is our most-experienced bowler among the three. Overall, all of them are looking good on different wickets.

If the performance is a positive sign

It’s a positive sign. It was not a flat wicket. There was a bit of help for the pacers. They capitalised on it and we started well. We kept attacking as they started exploiting the conditions.

The bowlers’ performance

There was something in the wicket. Once we got Cook and other batsmen out without many runs on the board, we were able to put pressure. It was a decent wicket for the spinners who have bowled well. Jadeja only bowled around six overs, but was able to put pressure and get the side out. The performance of all the bowlers was crucial.

The new-look attack

The more they play, they more consistent they would become. Most of the experienced bowlers are injured so the newcomers have got chance. The positive side is that the pool of bowlers has become bigger. With more and more games under their belt they would improve and we would have a good pool of bowlers.

Kohli’s innings

He had not scored runs in last four or five matches, and in India, it’s said you’re out of form. It’s good to see how he played and paced his innings, even as it was swinging a bit early on. He made sure not to throw his wicket even after scoring a fifty. He played the big shots but still was very calculative.

Ravindra Jadeja’s performance

Bowlingwise he’s quite settled. It’s the batting department that we need to work on. He is also an excellent fielder. We are working on his batting. The more games he plays, the better he gets. He has gained a lot of confidence in the last few games. The senior at the crease will have to tell him what needs to be done. It’s very important to supply the information for him to pick up the right option.

Jadeja’s transformation

He was always talented. Personally, I rated him very highly. But at the international level, you need to score runs and take wickets. You need to be confident about yourself. Most of us we know, before playing for India that we’re good cricketers... But it’s the amount of runs in top-class cricket that gives the confidence.

If Jadeja can meet the demands of a bowling all-rounder

He is definitely someone who is giving us the balance. We have been struggling with the bowling all-rounder... Irfan (Pathan) is the only one that we have got... Before the new rules, we used to rely on Yuvraj Singh and other part-timers to get over with the 10 overs. With the new rule, Yuvi will need a bit more time to settle down as a bowler. In that sense, Jadeja is the perfect person to have.

The reason behind the decision to field

Dew was the main aspect. In the first practice session, there was decent amount of dew. But yesterday during the inauguration, there wasn’t much dew… We didn’t wish to take any chances.

The crowd support

The response has been good everywhere. Of course, the support will be good anywhere in India. If the public is enthusiastic and excited, it really helps.