Dhoni: We were far from perfect

Delhi, India -- After a miserable England tour, where the victory was always on the other side, the first Test win was supposed to be welcomed with bouquets of flowers, but Indian skipper MS Dhoni, did not look very impressed with the way his team won the match on Wednesday.

Against a weak West Indies, India conceded a 95-run first innings lead after a batting collapse that reminded everyone of the English summer. However, the batsmen made amends in the second innings to secure a five-wicket win on on the fourth day.

“If we had the first innings lead, it would have been a perfect start to the series. We did not do well in the first innings. If our batsmen see how they got out in the first innings they would think that they should not have done much better. Considering the difficult pitch, a bit of application from the batsmen should have helped,” Dhoni said.

But the skipper was very happy to see young bowlers — Pragyan Ojha, Ravichandran Ashwin and Umesh Yadav — performing well in the unhelpful conditions. On a low and slow Feroz Shah Kotla pitch, Ojha and Ashwin accounted for 16 wickets.

“You weren’t 100 percent sure what you would get from the players who have not played this format, like Ashwin and Umesh (Yadav). With Ishant (Sharma) and Ojha, we knew they’d perform at this level. Ojha has been in and out of the playing XI. It was good to see him bowl well in the first innings when the pitch was flat and it was not easy to bowl,” Dhoni said.

“Umesh did well and there was an improvement in the way he bowled in the second innings. Ashwin also did well. He did not get a lot out of the wicket but it was his variations that helped him. He was flighting the ball nicely and then he has the carrom ball and the top-spinner.”

Wed, 11/09/2011 - 16:33