Hyderabad: MS Dhoni has said India's 126-run victory in Hyderabad was an important one as their losing-streak had lasted a bit too long and they needed to start enjoying the game again. India had not managed a single international win on their recent tour of England, and had lost all four Tests and three ODIs.
"It's important to win games," Dhoni said after the match in Hyderabad. "If you're not winning games, you don't enjoy playing cricket and our losing streak was a bit too long. We actually played quite well during the ODIs in England and our batsmen got us the runs. But the rain there made it hard for our spinners to grip the wet ball and the seamers too were easy to score of since the ball would come on to the bat better after it rained. Tonight there was no dew and our bowlers showed that they can win us games if the conditions are in their favour."
A lot of the runs that India scored in the ODIs in England were contributed by Dhoni himself, and he continued that form in Hyderabad, scoring his fourth half-century in as many one-day innings. He said his innings of 87 from 70 balls was a calculated one in that he went for some lofted strokes through the off side that he doesn't play as much since remodelling his game to be a steadying influence on the middle order at No. 6.