Tri-series victory greater than Twenty20: Dhoni

Brisbane, Mar 5: After defeating Australia in two consecutive matches to win the CB series, India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said the win was a bigger achievement than the Twenty20 World cup victory last year.

Dhoni, who has now led India to victories in two prestigious events in the last seven months, attributed the results to a team effort.''The role of the captain was not the only one. The captain is one guy who gathers the pressure and then channels it to the individual player and then it depends on how that individual reacts,''he said. ''We didn't start that well but we improved as the tournament went on and the credit should go to every player.'' India's batting, which has been their biggest weakness throughout the league matches, came into it's own during the finals with Sachin Tendulkar hitting top form.

Tendulkar followed up his stellar performance at the SCG on March 2 with a vital 91 here.

However, despite ordinary performances early in the tournament, Indian Skipper never doubted his senior-most batsman.

''Performance is one thing, but performing back-to-back is something else. He is the best,'' he said.

Throughout the tournament, Dhoni surprised many with his team selections and his on-field strategies. In the first final he asked Praveen Kumar, a rookie, to take the new ball.

That move paid off as Praveen got crucial top-order scalps and did an encore here also.

Another surprise was to play the legspinner Piyush Chawla, who was overlooked during the league phase, in the finals.

''We wanted to play Piyush, and wanted him to use as a surprise.

He mixed it up really well was consistent in his line and length,'' he said.

Speaking on his choice to go for youngsters Dhoni said, he never doubted that it was the only way ahead.

''Even if we had lost this tournament, we should have stuck with the young boys. This will be the team's core,'' he added.


Story first published: Wednesday, March 5, 2008, 13:08 [IST]
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