Skipper MS Dhoni was elated after his side defeated South Africa by 130 runs in their group B encounter at the MCG last night. Skipper MS Dhoni was seemed to be elated with the team’s performances. He also heaped praises on the players and fans after the win. This is what he had to say in the Post match conference.

On India’s win over South Africa:

It is very satisfying to have back-to-back wins and especially the way we have won both games. Both Pakistan and South Africa games were important for us. Against Pakistan it was a complete batting performance and this game too I felt we did really well with the batting. A total of 307 was definitely a par-plus score on this wicket and when we turned up with the ball, I think we bowled in the right areas and we made it tough for the opposition to score.

On Bowling:

I felt the mix of pace was good from our bowlers, but what was really crucial was the use of the bouncer. The two run outs in the middle overs (of AB de Villiers and David Miller) from the deep really changed the game for us. It was definitely a fantastic performance by them. Maybe the wicket also helped us a bit, but still it was important to hit the right areas. They quickly assessed what was the right length to bowl. They never gave any extra width to the batsmen.

On India’s fan following:

It’s always good to play when you get good support and that too in Australia. Definitely we need to give a lot of credit to the fans, who have come not only from India, but from across Australia and England as well. It’s always good to play in front of good support, and the kind of support we are talking about, even when we are playing in India, there are stadiums, some of the stadiums which don’t have that kind of capacity, so even when they are full they’re close to 40,000, so today we are seeing in Australia close to more than 50,000 to 60,000 people supporting us.

On India’s change in fortunes after the loss in Test series and Tri-Series:

You need to give a lot of credit to the support staff and the players for the good dressing room atmosphere despite the losses on the tour. We had a long break, relaxed and then trained hard. That has helped.


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