Tendulkar's shrewd batting on tricky pitch helped India win, says Dhoni

Indian captain MS Dhoni felt the pitch at Ferozshah Kotla was not easy to bat on, and scoring was difficult in second innings AFP

By CricketCountry Staff

New Delhi: Nov 10, 2011

Indian captain MS Dhoni credited senior Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar for India s win at the Ferozshah Kotla in the first Test on Wednesday.

Dhoni said he was particularly happy with team s batting performance in the second innings. He was quoted in BCCI as saying, “In the second innings, yes, of course. We got off to a good start in both the innings; after that the middle order worked in the second innings. Sachin [Tendulkar] batted really well. There was a decent partnership between Sachin and Rahul [Dravid] and later on with VVS Laxman. That really made it a bit easy because it was one of those wickets where it was not easy to score.

“It was not a wicket that seemed like it would turn a lot and get the batsman out, but you had to be aware of the ball that kept low and you had to really work your innings to get runs on the board.”

Dhoni also felt young spinners Pragyan Ojha and R Ashwin played a crucial role in India s win considering 95-run lead conceded in first innings. He said,” We didn t bat the way we should [have] in the first innings. It was not a sign of panic [but] we said ‘Okay, we will have to make it up. For that we had to do well in the second innings.

“[Pragyan] Ojha bowled well in the first innings while there was not much on the wicket to [work with]. [Ravichandran] Ashwin has got a few variations up his sleeve and he [Ashwin] was well supported by some of the other bowlers.”

Dhoni wishes to carry the momentum in the second Test.”It is important. At the same time, we ve got one more day off [thanks to the early finish at Kotla] so we will relax and get ready for the next one. Hopefully it will be a different wicket,” he concluded.