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India’s winning run complete team effort, says MS Dhoni

India’s winning run complete team effort, says MS Dhoni
“It has been good, we can’t shy away from the fact that we are playing some good cricket. But at the same time a month back we were struggling. A lot of credit needs to go to the boys and the support staff,” Dhoni said after India thrashed Bangladesh by 109 runs to enter the semifinal. The captain could not pinpoint any particular reason for the sudden transformation from a struggling side last month to a firm unit, which is on track to the defend the title.

“It’s difficult to pinpoint how it changed. Not many players form our side are in the top run-scorers list, but the batting has performed. Bowling team out was an area we wanted to improve. Even in New Zealand and South Africa (before the World Cup), we were struggling with that, but now we are doing much better,” said Dhoni with a broad smile at the post-match presentation.

“Just like a batsman out of form gets back into form, cricket has a lot of abstracts, but we need to do a lot of the small things right. Put in the intensity and hope it all turns out,” he added. Asked about the brilliant diving effort to his left to dismiss Soumya Sarkar off Mohammed Shami in the 21st over, Dhoni joked it was a “fluke” before describing it as a satisfying moment. “Fluke happens. I thought it was a bit away from me, I dived and the ball came and sat in my hands. It was a satisfying moment,” he said .

On teams easily scoring 300-plus totals these days, the Indian  captain said, “A lot of it is because of fifth fielder being inside the ring and T20 influene. If the wicket is dry, some reverse swing happens. But if it’s flat, 300 is something most teams will score.”
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