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NEW DELHI, 25 JUNE: Rahul Dravid today lauded Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s men for their “brilliant” title triumph in the Champions Trophy, saying the “right balance” and “fantastic” fielding had helped them pull it off.
“They were the best team. They didn’t panic in crucial situations, they won the critical moments towards the end of both the innings: getting to 130, the partnership between Virat Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja and also the bowling towards the end. So India were the better team on the (final) day as well,” Dravid told a cricket-specific website, adding: “I think the great thing that India had in their squad is balance. The conditions in England surprised us, look at how much the ball spun. So, because of the nature of wicket, it helped India play seven batsman with Jadeja at number seven and actually five frontline bowlers. In the past, India didn’t have that luxury … they played brilliantly.”
The 40-year-old former national captain also praised India’s fielding, saying:
“India were brilliant on the field. It is not often that you can say that India were the best fielding side in the competition. They were fantastic. You can see the energy on the field. They played well,” Dravid said. Dravid refused to talk about the next World Cup, saying: “It is dangerous to look too far ahead. I mean, who would have thought that after India won the World Cup in 2011, two years down the line, we will play with only three of those players who were in that squad.
So it is like a completely new team. So it is dangerous to look that far ahead,” Dravid said.
Stressing the necessity of a fast-bowling all-rounder, Dravid said: “That’s (fast-bowling all-rounder) been India’s problem. After Kapil Dev and, to some extent, Manoj Prabhakar, we have not been able to get a fast-bowling all-rounder … it would be terrific to explore that option. Irfan (Pathan) is the one in the squad right now and may be in a year and a half’s time, he will discover his mojo and be the guy for India.
In (English) conditions, Jadeja was the man for India.
Former skipper Sunil Gavaskar and other ex-cricketers today said in unison that one should refrain from drawing comparison between Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his predecessors, insisting instead to rejoice India’s success in the ICC Champions Trophy.
Ganguly praises Dhoni
Sourav Ganguly too lavished praise on Mahendra Singh Dhoni saying that he had once again lived up to the billing by leading India to ICC Champions Trophy triumph on Sunday.