Dhoni: Rohit's success is 'destiny'

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India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was thrilled with the performances by his debutants against the West Indies in Kolkata, and went so far as to call Rohit Sharma's success a matter of destiny.

India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was thrilled with the performances by his debutants against the West Indies in Kolkata, and went so far as to call Rohit Sharma's success a matter of destiny.

India won the match with two days to spare, by an innings and 51 runs on Friday, with Rohit scoring a 177 on debut, and fast bowler Mohammed Shami taking nine wickets, including a five-fer in the second innings.

Dhoni felt Rohit's talent had finally been recognised, especially after he had over 100 ODI caps to his name and a double century in that format. The batsman was supposed to make his debut against South Africa in Nagpur in 2010 before injury ruled him out.

Dhoni said: "Well, you have to believe in destiny. I remember in Nagpur, there was a game he was supposed to play, but during the warm-up he injured his ankle and missed that Test. So I think it's good to see him bat the way he has batted.

"He is very talented, but now that it is reflecting on the field, he's really enjoying his cricket. Hopefully he'll go ahead and take more responsibility."

As for Shami, who had also done superbly against Australia during the one-dayers, Dhoni was impressed with the way the rookie kept his line and length consistent, while still moving the ball around at high speeds.

He added: "I think it was a disciplined bowling performance. Shami was fantastic. Most of the fast bowlers got reverse swing, but his line and length was key. He got the right length and that's why I think he got nine wickets in this game.

"You need a bit of pace to dominate. You can get a bit of reverse swing, and he's got very good seam positioning which means he can reverse the ball away from the right-handed batsmen.

"So on wickets that have a bit more bounce, I think he will be even more effective with the ball going both ways. We're all very happy with the performance."

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