Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni today said the biggest positive to draw from the team’s unbeaten league campaign in the ongoing World Cup was that the entire side withstood pressure in some way or the other, preparing it perfectly for the knockouts.
India finished on top of pool B after beating Zimbabwe by six wickets in their final league match here today and Dhoni said it was good that all his players weathered tough situations with elan.
“Everyone has been put under pressure, whether the three fast bowlers or the spinners, or the top order in a few games. This is the difference between playing here and a bilateral series, where the lower order is hardly tested. That’s why these games can be tough as the lower order has not got a lot of chance to bat. Our lower order got a bit to bat today,” Dhoni said in the post-match presentation.
“Even when Virat (Kohli) went in to bat (today), we felt a bit of pressure. Zimbabwe are a good side, but we were expected to win. The wicket was slow and the ball wasn’t coming on nicely, and we didn’t have enough pace to work with,” he said.
Heaping praise on Man of the Match Suresh Raina for his 110-run knock, Dhoni said, “Raina is a key player for us at No. 5. The partnership between Raina and I was very good.”
On what changed for the team since the disastrous bilateral series against Australia before the World Cup, Dhoni said, “I think it is more the processes than the results. Also the boys have taken on their responsibilities quite well. We have been here for over three months now, and we need to give the guys some break in between, so getting fresh has helped as well.”