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Updated: January 24, 2013 04:52 IST

Dhoni praises Raina, Rohit

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Cock-a-hoop: Suresh Raina is delighted after steering India to victory. Photo: Akhilesh Kumar
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Cock-a-hoop: Suresh Raina is delighted after steering India to victory. Photo: Akhilesh Kumar

“Where are the British journalists? Call them for the press conference now. They are usually there to add spice…” was how Mahendra Singh Dhoni chose to make a point in jest as he met mediapersons after the fourth One-day International against England here on Wednesday.

The skipper looked relaxed, relieved and in a mood to rejoice for more reasons than one. With Rohit Sharma taking up the challenge of opening the innings and Suresh Raina excelling as a finisher, Dhoni appeared pleased with the latest gains from the series-deciding triumph.

Dhoni, who became the second most successful India captain in ODIs following his 77th victory — next only to Mohammad Azharuddin’s 90 — praised the two gifted performers.

“I am very happy for Rohit. We all know he is a god-gifted talent. We had a discussion a few days ago and I am happy he took the challenge (of opening the innings). I think he can be a good opener because he cuts and pulls really well. Also, it is good to have one opener slightly more aggressive than the other,” said Dhoni.

“It is important to give some players a bit of rope, another chance, since we do not play too many ODIs after this series. Rohit went through a lean patch in Sri Lanka. At present, he cannot get into the squad in the middle-order. So this was the only opportunity for him to play for India.”

Talking of Raina, Dhoni said, “he has been groomed for this job, to bat at 5-6-7 and show his game-finishing talent. But he has to curb his instincts (to play his shots) in the interest of the team. We are looking at chances for him to bat slightly up the order.””

On England scoring 100 runs in the last 10 overs, Dhoni said, “Some of our bowlers do not have much international experience. Ishant Sharma has been bowling five to seven overs very well but has gone for a few runs in the end. I am very happy with him.”

Man-of-the-Match Raina said, “I told Rohit to be positive and we had a tremendous partnership. Today, I got some chances and I stayed till the end.

“I remember Sachin (Tendulkar) telling us that we have to be No. 1 in fielding, and today we fielded really well.”

Alastair Cook thought the toss played a part. “It was a good toss to win, you saw throughout the first 30-40 overs, it nipped around for the seamers and as the dew came it kind of skidded on a bit more.

“We thought we were in the game, needed a couple of early wickets but I thought the partnership between Raina and Rohit Sharma was crucial, when he came in they needed six runs an over but they got going really quickly.”

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at last Raina got well deserved Man Of the Match after performing
consistently. This is the first Match which i have seen live. What a
great timer is Raina. Hats off to Raina and Dhoni, who are the best
finisher of the game.
Regarding Rohit this innings would be the turning point in his
cricketing career.

from:  balwinder
Posted on: Jan 24, 2013 at 14:15 IST

Once again, the captain has demonstrated that he is a thinking, caring
person. It would have been so easy to forget Rohit because of his
repeated failures. But, Dhoni decided to give him a vital role in a
crucial match and backed him up and Rohit grasped the chance with both
hands and didn't let the captain down. Kudos to both.

from:  Ram Venkat
Posted on: Jan 24, 2013 at 09:16 IST

But for poor bowling in tail end overs in all ODI team is better. It is
necessary we put equal importance to bowling rather than chasing stiff

from:  salam
Posted on: Jan 24, 2013 at 08:28 IST

At last there is consistency

from:  Pnatrajan
Posted on: Jan 24, 2013 at 06:38 IST
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