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Updated: July 12, 2011 01:36 IST

Pressing for a win not worth the risk: Dhoni

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WELL DONE! Ishant Sharma with his Man of the Series Award. Photo: AP
WELL DONE! Ishant Sharma with his Man of the Series Award. Photo: AP

Content with a 1-0 series triumph even though India had the chance to wrap it up 2-0, skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni said his team did not press for a win in the third and final Test against West Indies as it was not “worth” the risk.

“I am not disappointed about stopping the run chase. We were risking a series win going after the target. We realised that it was not worth going for it after those wickets. We gave it a go but we are happy with the series win,” Dhoni said after the match at the Windsor Park.

“We did well in this game. West Indies batted well actually, we are not disappointed in any way,” he said.

Doubtful about wicket

Talking about the pitch and India's team composition, Dhoni said, “We were not sure about the wicket. If we go with a 2-2 combination and the track turns out to be flat, that can be a problem. We knew we had the bowlers, like Raina, who could spin the ball if it started taking turn. Harbhajan was getting a bit of spin and bounce and he got valuable wickets,” Dhoni said.

Dhoni said the series was a good exposure for the youngsters and added that he felt good to see Ishant Sharma take up the responsibility of leading the pace pack.

Ishant upbeat

Player-of-the-Series Ishant said, “This is easily my best performance in a series. The tracks here are like those in India — slow and flat — but you have to put in the effort. I am pretty confident now and looking forward to the series against England.”

Man-of-the-Match Shivnarine Chanderpaul said, “The whole series I was getting out in the 20s and 30s…very happy to carry on past the three-figure mark.”

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