We showed a lot of character, says MS Dhoni
Posted on: 04:47 PM IST Mar 24, 2013
New Delhi: MS Dhoni on Sunday expressed his satisfaction with the way India overpowered Australia in all four Tests. After winning the first three matches at Chennai, Hyderabad and Mohali, Dhoni's men held their nerves on a crumbling Feroz Shah Kotla wicket to register a six-wicket win, whitewashing Australia 4-0.
"I think it was an important series for us. Credit goes to everyone, the last one and a half years have not been great for us in Tests, but they [every player] showed a lot of character. You need to battle it out. That was the case in this series," Dhoni said at the post-match presentation.
The Indian captain also said whoever got the chance in the series performed well. "There were a few changes in the side. It was up to the individuals to rise up and do well. I think they all did it, everybody performed,"
After getting a ten-run lead over Australia, India bowled out the visitors for just 164, needing 155 runs to win the contest on Sunday. Although there was plenty of assistance for the spinners, Cheteshwar Pujara made it look very easy with a fluent 82 not out. Dhoni said it was difficult to bat on day two but the wicket got better on day three. "This wicket I thought got slightly better but I may be wrong. I thought yesterday was harder to bat on. The new ball did not turn as much."
Shane Watson, who captained Australia in the absence of Michael Clarke, said it had been a hard-fought contest and they put their best possible effort. "It was a hard-fought Test, going into the game this is what I asked of the team," Watson said. "We gave it everything we had. We were up for it, but unfortunately things did not go according to our plan with the ball in the second innings.
"We always thought 150-200 on that wicket if we bowled well was going to be enough ... as I said we just did not bowl as we wanted. Pujara batted very nicely to take it away from us."