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Bhuvneshwar bowled in very good areas: Dhoni

Birmingham, PTI | Updated : 16 June 2013, 04:42 PM

India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was all praise for young Bhuvneshwar Kumar whose brilliant spell of eight overs set the tone for India's facile eight-wicket victory over arch-rivals Pakistan in the ICC Champions Trophy on Saturday.

"He (Bhuvneshwar) is not someone who is very quick but he bowls in very good areas. In these conditions, he used the new ball well as he can swing the ball both ways. Bhuvneshwar put a lot of pressure on the opposition. He has only played a few ODIs but he will only improve," Dhoni said at the post-match presentation ceremony.

India's middle-order hasn't been tested in the three matches so far but Dhoni said that it is not of great concern.

"We have a settled middle-order consisting of myself, Raina (Suresh) and Jadeja (Ravindra). We have played a lot of matches and only thing is that we need Raina to get some more practice at the nets. Also the middle-order got a fair hit during the two warm-up games."

While death bowling can still be "improved", Dhoni feels that fielding has been top-notch in this competition.

"It's good that we are doing well in all three departments. The individuals have taken responsibility. At this point we are a top fielding side in world cricket. I had the cushion of wearing gloves while catching but others were doing it with bare hands in cold and windy conditions."

The skipper got hit in the shin but said that he will be okay in the next three days.

Man-of-the match Bhuvneshwar said that he followed the instructions of his coach and captain to the 'T'.

"I just followed whatever the coach and captain told me. Since the ball wasn't swinging much during practice games, I tried to keep things as simple as possible and my hard work has paid off."

Rival skipper Misbah-ul Haq admitted that batting failure was one of the reason for this dismal show.

"We were disappointing with the bat but the frequent stoppages also didn't help our cause. I don't know what happened as guys were in good form during the tour of Ireland but here we were under pressure from the first match and couldn't come out of that," said Misbah.

First Published: Sunday, June 16, 2013 04:41 PM
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