Mumbai, Oct 18 (UNI) Team India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni expressed relief after India won the seventh and final one-dayer against Australia played at the Wankhede stadium.
Dhoni said, ''Well, it was a tight match. Australia got around 200 runs. Personally I thought it was a good wicket though it does a bit under lights.'' ''There was plenty of bounce and seam movement. So I knew it would be a tough match but I thought we would win comfortably, but I would take it (two wicket win) with an open heart,'' he added.
Speaking on the performance of Murali Katik, he said, ''The way he bowled I think it was brilliant. If a bowler keeps bowling in one place, you can set up an aggressive field, and that was not the case in the previous matches.
''I think we bowled well, apart from the initial start when we were a bit erratic and gave too many runs with the new ball.'' Murali Kartik, who returned with his best ever one-day figures of 6 for 27 in 10 overs to skittle out Australia for 193, was backed by Dhoni for a comeback in the side.
Dhoni said, ''Well of course I believe in each and every player.
You have to keep the confidence in the players and that's how you gain their confidence.'' ''I want 14 players in my team whom I want to stand in front of a truck and they are willing to do it.'' However, on being asked how he feels losing his first ODI series as captain, after becoming the Twenty20 World Champions in his first assignment, Dhoni said, ''Well it's a lot different. If you look at Twenty20, we had a very young side so keeping the intensity going through out the 20 overs was never a problem.'' ''But over here you have to keep the guys on their toes. At times you have to take help from people like Yuvraj and Robin Uthappa who are on the field and tell them 'No boss, you have to pick things up, your intensity is going down.' And that was one of things that we did really well today,'' he concluded.