Dhoni pleased with bowlers' improvement

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India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was please with his side's series win over the West Indies on Wednesday, but was particularly impressed with the way his bowlers had improved since the Australia series.

India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was please with his side's series win over the West Indies on Wednesday, but was particularly impressed with the way his bowlers had improved since the Australia series.

When facing the Aussies in a seven-game series earlier this month, the India bowlers regularly gave up 300 runs and were not good at the death, with Ishant Sharma and company taking a beating more than once.

But against the Windies in Kanpur, the bowlers may have given up 263 but they looked much more solid, especially in the final overs, and Dhoni was pleased by the improvement, given the big-hitters in the Windies' side.

Dhoni said: "If you compare the Australia series to the kind of death bowling we did today…even if we were missing the yorkers, it was not by much. They were ending up as low full tosses and that is a big improvement for us.

"Also in the middle overs, the two spinners and Raina, is a big positive."

As for the score, the average at the ground is around 230, so Dhoni was pleased to have chased down the target, but said that the pitch was playing closer to 280 so was confident of chasing it down.

He continued: "Once you win the toss and field, it is important to restrict the opponents. We bowled well, but were unlucky, some edges did not carry, there were lots of play-and-misses. 280 becomes quite a big score.

"I felt it was not a normal Kanpur wicket, it was much better to bat on. That is why 260 seemed just below a par score."

As for the Man of the Match himself, Dhawan wasn't particularly boastful about his achievement, saying he was used to batting on such tracks and was pleased with his form overall this year.

Dhawan said: "We usually play on these kind of tracks in Delhi and I am used to playing on them. I knew there would not be much bounce and the drives were on. Happy with my form, the team is doing great.

"This year has been great and I hope to continue to play like this. In the previous two ODIs also, I was playing well but got out. So I wanted to score big today."

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