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I am blessed with good cricketing sense, says Dhoni after team’s victory over SL

Port of Spain, PTI | Updated : 12 July 2013, 04:15 PM

He has made a habit of coming good when the chips are down and Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni feels his excellent finishing skills have a lot to do with the good cricketing sense he is "blessed" with.

Dhoni's 52-ball 45 proved to be decisive as India lifted the ODI tri-nation series trophy after beating Sri Lanka by one wicket in a thrilling final.

"I think I am blessed with a bit of good cricketing sense. I knew I could get 15 runs off the last over, I'm happy that it worked," said the beaming captain, who returned to the team after recuperating from the hamstring injury which kept him out for most part of the series.

Dhoni said he preferred to use a heavy bat in the final over of the title clash against Sri Lanka as it was "perfect for slogging".

Of the 45 unbeaten runs that Dhoni scored, 16 came in the last over during India's chase of 202.

"I went with a heavy bat, the weight was perfect for slogging," the Man of the Match said at the presentation ceremony.

After bowling out Sri Lanka for 201, India rode on Dhoni and Rohit Sharma's half century to chase down the target with two balls to spare at the Queen's Park Oval.

"15 players have been very good on the field and that is a good sign," he added.

"The opposition bowler (Shaminda Eranga) was not the most experienced in that last over unlike (Lasith) Malinga, so I thought I would take my chances."

First Published: Friday, July 12, 2013 04:14 PM
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