MS Dhoni said that he liked how Akshar Patel bowled © IANS
MS Dhoni said that it was the first time he had kept to Akshar Patel © IANS

Oct 18, 2014

India did well to comeback after their 124-run loss in the opening ODI, to clinch the aborted series 2-1. Mahendra Singh Dhoni and company quickly learnt from their mistakes and the skipper was all praise for Virat Kohli, Akshar Patel and Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

“Virat played well in the last game, continued from there and it’s important he gets back into good nick. Took his time, otherwise he is naturally aggressive. I thought he would usually attack the spinners, but he took his time and built his innings. A few more runs would have been good, when we were going back to the hotel yesterday, we thought we would want 350-360. But we did well with the new ball, Bhuvi [Bhuvneshwar Kumar] bowled really well,” said Dhoni.

Young left-arm spinner Akshar Patel also had a bearing on the match as the Gujarat player returned with impressive figures of 2 for 26 in 10 overs. Dhoni was impressed with what he saw of the young man.

“First time I’ve seen him [Akshar] bowl and kept to him. Very consistent, not someone who gets hit too easily. Tried to use him in all manner of situations. Very happy with his bowling, despite the dew he bowled really well. Built pressure with him,” said Dhoni.

West Indies though took a bit of positive with their loss with Marlon Samuels hitting a 106-ball 112 in their 271-run score in 48.1 overs. Skipper Dwayne Bravo credited the team to play in such trying times when there was so much off-the-field.

“[Tough] Not only this morning, tough so far on the tour. Credit to the team, despite the situation off the field we played our hearts out. Want to congratulate Samuels on another hundred. To the team, coaching staff, everyone stuck together. Thanks to them. Thanks for coming out, people in India. We look forward to representing West Indies sometime,” said Dwayne Bravo.

“Unlucky for us Virat got his form back against us. But we wish him the best. Can’t fault the effort of our boys,” he added.

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