We proved Twenty20 World Cup victory was no fluke: Dhoni
Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni said the Indian team had proved that their Twenty20 World Cup victory was not a fluke as they mauled Australia by seven wickets in the one-off Twenty20 international on Saturday.
“It (victory) means a lot. We wanted to prove that World Cup victory (in South Africa) was not a fluke,” he said after the match.
Dhoni said that team wanted to enjoy and play with intensity. “We wanted to enjoy. The benchmark was to play with intensity and to put up a good fielding and bowling performance,” he said.
The Indian captain also hailed opener Gautam Gambhir for his splendid show with the bat.
“Gautam played excellently. The way he batted was amazing. He was out of the team because of injury and made a good comeback. I hope he bats the same in the Pakistan series,” he said.
Man of the Match Gambhir said he was keen to carry on his good form in the One-day format. “I think it (Twenty20) is working for me. I am playing well and I want to continue (with this form) in 50-50,” said the Delhi batsman.
Australian captain Ricky Ponting said Indian deserved the victory. “I think their spinners bowled well in the middle and we did not get enough runs.”
“While bowling, we gave away no balls and they scored off those free-hits. They deserved the victory today. I guess they are not World Champions in this format for nothing,” Ponting said.
However, he said his team can go back home with heads held high after sealing the One-day series.
“We played well overall and won the One-day series, which is not easy in India. We can go back happy.”