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Updated: June 26, 2013 03:13 IST

Dravid lauds triumphant team

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Rahul Dravid.
PTI Rahul Dravid.

Former India skipper Rahul Dravid on Tuesday lauded Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s men for their “brilliant” title triumph in the Champions Trophy, saying “right balance” and “fantastic” fielding helped them claim the prestigious title in England.

India enjoyed an undefeated run in the tournament as it clinched the title with a five-run victory over England in the rain-reduced final on Sunday.

“They were the best team. They didn’t panic in crucial situations; they won the critical moments towards the end of both the innings. India’s batting, to get them to 130, the partnership between Kohli and Jadeja and also bowling towards the end. So India were the better team on the day as well,” Dravid said.

“I think the great thing that India had in this squad is balance. The conditions in England surprised us, I mean look at how much the ball spun, so because of the nature of wicket, it helped India play seven batsman with (Ravindra) Jadeja at number seven and actually five frontline bowlers. In the past, India didn’t have that luxury. They played brilliantly,” he added.

The 40-year-old also lauded India’s fielding during the eight-nation one-day tournament, which was held for the last time.

absolutely correct, MS DHONI , or i should say a freak cricketer have positively changed whole of the indian cricket conditions which i think will be in excellent postion in coming scenerio.

from:  hardik agarwal
Posted on: Jul 23, 2013 at 21:07 IST

Sankaran, Just two words for you - retired cricketers.

from:  Suryansh
Posted on: Jun 27, 2013 at 13:59 IST

appreciated to a great extend. An article on the fielding of the boys
was published even before the start of the finals which was

Posted on: Jun 26, 2013 at 15:51 IST

aforesaid words are justified as the men in blue get their upper hand in
by far the second best tournament in cricket realm. especially when a
former cricketer like Dravid applauds a team's performance it adds
cherry to the triumph cake. no doubt MS & his company deserve all the
glories for their peerless feat. hail team india !!!!

from:  amrendra kumar mishra
Posted on: Jun 26, 2013 at 15:45 IST

Why the so called dadas of Indian Cricket - SRT, Shewag etc.- have not
opened their mouth on the performance of young India team. Are they
jealous or feeling ashamed for blocking their way for so long!

from:  Sankaran
Posted on: Jun 26, 2013 at 14:42 IST

It is welcome to find that two ex-captains of Team India, Sourav Ganguly
and Rahul Dravid, among many others, have lauded the win in Championship
Trophy. It is necessary to acknowledge that the Team India has done well
in all the departments, batting, bowling and fielding. One hopes that in
the next Tri series in West Indies too the team continues to excel.

from:  Narendra M Apte
Posted on: Jun 26, 2013 at 09:27 IST
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