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Great to see bowlers hunting in packs: Dhoni

Last updated on: November 17, 2011 17:20 IST

Great to see bowlers hunting in packs: Dhoni

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India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni credited the entire team for the series-clinching victory in the second Test against the West Indies, in Kolkata on Thursday, saying it was heartening to see his young bowlers "hunting in packs".

India crushed the West Indies by an innings and 15 runs at the Eden Gardens to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match Test series.

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"These bowlers can bowl quick. But the good thing is that all the bowlers took up the responsibility well. It doesn't matter who is taking wickets. They are hunting in packs, which is important," Dhoni said.

"Overall, I am happy with the performance. We got off to a good start and then the middle order capitalised. The fast bowlers gave us breakthroughs and then the spinners capitalised," he added.


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'Patience was the key to success for bowlers'

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Opting to bat, India piled up a mammoth 631 for seven declared in their first innings and then shot out the tourists for 153 to take a huge 478-run first innings lead, which, according to Dhoni, set the stage for the comprehensive win.

"We batted well. The 400-plus lead really helped us. This was the reason why we won the game comfortably," he said.

However, the Indian bowlers had to toil in the West Indies' second essay as, after following- on, they scored 463 before being bowled out.

And, Dhoni said patience was the key to success for his bowlers in the Caribbean side's second innings.

"It was a long fielding session [in the second innings]. We got them out quite easily in the first innings. But the wicket got flat in the second innings. So, it was very important for us to bowl patiently," he said.

"It was a patience game [in the second innings]. (Darren) Bravo batted well along with Chanderpaul, but we knew a couple of wickets can open the gate," he added.


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We showed character in second innings: Sammy

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Despite losing the match and series, West Indies skipper Darren Sammy lauded his batsmen for their gritty show in the second innings.

"I would like to commend the guys... the way they played in the second innings. (Darren) Bravo played well for his second century. (Kirk) Edwards, (Adrian) Barath also played well at the top and then (Marlon) Samuels. I think it was good fight," he said.

"India showed us how to bat on this wicket. It calls for application. I think we were in a hurry in the first innings; we lost wickets in cluster, but we showed character in the second innings."

Sammy was all praise for Darren Bravo, who led the fightback for the West Indies with a gritty 136, only his second Test century, to delay the inevitable.

"From the time he (Bravo) made his debut he showed signs of brilliance. Hope he continues the same way," he said.


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Hope to finish on a winning note in Mumbai: Laxman

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Man-of-the-match VVS Laxman, who scored an unbeaten 176 as India piled the huge total in the first innings, said he shares a special bonding with the Eden Gardens.

"I have always enjoyed playing at Eden. It's a special place to play cricket. The atmosphere and spectators make it special," he said.

"It is a great moment for us especially after the England tour. We hope to finish on a winning note in Mumbai."

Laxman also said that batting alongside Rahul Dravid (119), with whom he shared 140 runs for the fourth wicket in the match, has always been special for him.

"I always enjoyed batting with Rahul. It is always a great feeling," he said.

He also had words of appreciation for the Eden wicket.

"The wicket was little on the slower side, but, overall, it was a good Test wicket," he concluded.


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