Former India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni shut his critics with a brilliant innings in the third ODI of the series against West Indies as India took an unassailable 2-0 lead. Dhoni smashed 78 runs off 79 balls as India won easily.
At the post-match interaction, Dhoni was asked how his game was still good enough for the big level in spite of his age. He wittily replied saying, age is like wine, which only gets better with time.
"Our top-order has been doing the bulk of the scoring in the last one-one and a half years, so it felt good to get an opportunity and score runs. I think it was the nature of the wicket. There was variable bounce and at times the pace. It was important to have a partnership at that stage. In my mind, I had 250, and we got there, with Kedar batting with me at the end. It was something the bowlers could defend, but they had to bowl well."
On guiding spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Ravichandran Ashwin behind the stumps, he said, "It's important. Kuldeep has played a lot of games in IPL but when it comes to international cricket, it's important to know where to use your variety. Once he plays 5-10 games, he will realise it himself. The good thing is, compared to the last game, he bowled very well today."
--By A Cricket Correspondent