Dhoni ‘satisfied’ with important early wins

2015 World Cup

After a poor tour to the Antipodes ahead of the World Cup, India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni is thrilled with the way his players have bounced back when it counts, recording big wins over Pakistan and South Africa.

Dhoni's men beat the Proteas by 130 runs on Sunday in Melbourne, scoring 307 with the bat thanks to a Shikhar Dhawan century and then bowling the Proteas out for 177.

Dhoni said after the game: "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.

"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."

The MCG was a sea of blue as India fans packed the stadium to capacity, on of the biggest crowds in a match not featuring Australia, and Dhoni said it definitely helped to feel like they were playing at home.

He said: "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."