Sri Lanka v India, 4th ODI, Colombo August 27, 2008

Dhoni binds a winning ODI package

From the barrage of questions faced before this series to now, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his bunch of upstarts can sit back and smile
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Mahendra Singh Dhoni was at the forefront of India's unexpected ODI series triumph in Sri Lanka © AFP
 

India don't like being favourites, and being written off by many even before their young ODI side assembled in Colombo ultimately worked just fine. Defeat in the final Test at the P Sara Stadium was so comprehensive that it was difficult to see where the one-day recruits would turn for solace as they landed for five matches against Ajantha Mendis and Co. Now, after beating the hosts by 46 runs, India have sealed their first series win in Sri Lanka. And central to their success has been their captain, Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

From the day he landed in Colombo, Dhoni stressed the past should be left alone and the focus should be on the task facing his side. He admitted Ajantha Mendis would be a threat but said it was up to the individual to handle him. He stressed on the importance of the batsmen to back themselves to score briskly, despite the setbacks. India's recent record in the subcontinent included losses in the finals of the Kitply and Asia Cup, which Dhoni termed as "crucial games", and he hoped to rectify that trend. This match was a final in itself, and India held their nerve to win it.

He is a very important cog in this wheel, and for the second game running he was at the centre for India, overcoming health issues - he had a a fever yesterday and evidently hadn't recovered fully. Dhoni and Suresh Raina showed how it should be done, scoring runs at a good clip after Sri Lanka left India 81 for 3 in the 18th over. He led the way in proving Mendis could be thwarted, even as he struggled to remain on his feet towards the end of his innings. Overall, Dhoni has top scored in the series with 192 runs at a strike-rate of 79.33, won four tosses in a row, made the right selection choices, and been proactive in the field.

Under lights, with Sanath Jayasuriya in a punishing mood, Dhoni tossed the ball to Harbhajan Singh in the 18th over. With pace taken off the ball, Jayasuriya edged the third ball to a smartly-placed wide slip. After that Dhoni added an extra cover, who was sharp to deny runs. Attempting to work Yuvraj Singh off his pads, Chamara Kapugedera was trapped lbw. These are minor moves Dhoni makes, but they often have a resounding resonance. Dhoni opted for four specialist bowlers in the last two games and he was rewarded with wickets from Yuvraj. Dhoni also won four successive tosses: some call that luck; with Dhoni, it's all part of the package.

In his book, What Sport Tells Us About Life, Ed Smith writes of the 19th-century historian Thomas Carlyle, who believed the bravery of heroes and leaders derived from their inspired and resourceful force. "The history of the world," Carlyle argued, "is but the biography of great men." Dhoni is no great, yet, but he has this amazing knack to inspire. And, since becoming captain and changing his approach to batting, he has played key roles with the bat. He averages 57.17 when in charge, with ten fifties and one century.

Many had criticised Dhoni's decision to skip the Test series, forgetting that he had to endure such a gruelling schedule this last 18 months (14 Tests, 56 ODIs, eight Twenty20 internationals, and the IPL). In the Test side Dhoni has yet to cement his place, as one century in 31 matches suggests; in fact, he was dispensable at the time he announced he was opting out. Dhoni is the most important member of a young one-day side and he realised that for the better.

Numerous television chat shows slammed Dhoni for the loss in the series opener and for reportedly influencing the selectors to pick young talent instead of ageing, vastly experienced heroes. Now Dhoni has led this group, with their struggles and pressures, to win a series few expected them to even contest.

 
 
The line-up India fielded resembled virtually that of the dismal Asia Cup final but, led by Dhoni and his sheer bullishness in believing Mendis could be overridden, they overcame the odds. Ignore the awful times, and concentrate on the good ones, seems to be Dhoni's mantra
 

Unlike in the second and third matches, where Zaheer and Dhoni were virtually one-man shows, this was a collective victory. "Contributive efforts are better because you are not relying on one individual," Dhoni said after the last game. "You will get individual performances brilliantly, but it's always better to win through a team effort. Everyone can enjoy it that way."

Consecutive fifties from Raina and Dhoni, Virat Kohli's maiden half-century to papered over the failures of Gautam Gambhir and Yuvraj, Munaf's two-wicket burst, Zaheer Khan's accuracy, wickets for the spinners. This match had it all, and that will give Dhoni immense satisfaction.

Critics can argue that India were helped by a complete batting failure by the hosts, and off-key series for Chaminda Vaas and Muralitharan. Dhoni will tell you that his bowlers got the measure of the batsmen, and there is no denying how Dhoni and S Badrinath's approach towards the spinners in game two sparked a revival. Sri Lanka were poor in this series, very poor, but India were good.

This isn't in the same league as the ICC World Twenty20 or the CB Series, but it should be toasted. It came after Mendis - he who mauled India in the Asia Cup final - and Muttiah Muralitharan made a mockery of the best middle order in Test cricket. The line-up India fielded resembled virtually that of the dismal Asia Cup final but, led by Dhoni and his sheer bullishness in believing Mendis could be overridden, they overcame the odds. Ignore the awful times, and concentrate on the good ones, seems to be Dhoni's mantra.

Baseball, poets say, cannot be scripted. Neither can cricket. After the barrage of questions they faced before this series, Dhoni and his bunch of upstarts can sit back and smile. They've defied the odds and deserved to win, and Carlyle would certainly have toasted their success.

Jamie Alter is a staff writer at Cricinfo

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  • RoshanF on August 29, 2008, 6:33 GMT

    MaxLuther and co. - please do read S. Rajesh's piece on this site on the extra importance of the toss on some venues. Even Tony Greig was forced to make the quite ridiculous sounding suggestion to have the choice of batting first or second shared by the two teams at a venue like the R. Premadasa stadium. Simple fact is at some venues, especially in D/N games the toss is absolutely crucial. No it was not that significant a factor in the Asia Cup final, and it wouldn't have mattered had India batted first. They would have struggled against Mendis who was very new to them on that day. Incidentally I saw a few laughable comments that Dhoni and co. had completely dominated Mendis. Well even with India batting first during the 3rd ODI and with Dhoni well set Mendis completely bamboozled him with one that pitched on middle turned and missed the off stump by a hair's breadth. Had India batted second in the 4th ODI they would have struggled to get past 140. So tricky was the pitch.

  • yeah_right on August 28, 2008, 13:24 GMT

    I dont understand why people should criticize Dhoni.He doesnt have the technique to play conventional cricket.Alright. So what he averages around 50 in ODI.When all the batsmen struggled to Mendis in the Asia Cup final, he was the only player who played without any struggle(with his own awkward technique). Almost half the game is won when you are positive and thinking big.To be honest, I have never admired his batting except for the commitment and attitude he shows in whatever he does.About captaincy: "Yuvraj will play all the games despite his poor show. He is our trump card" (after his flop in CB series)That's how he motivates,that confidence in his players will make them realise what they are really capable of.Do anyone need proof? Have you ever seen Gambhir playing so professionally over the years. Ask him,Raina,Uthappa,Rohit etc..

  • Tawakal07 on August 28, 2008, 11:25 GMT

    First of all congratulations to Dhoni 11 for winning first ever series in Sri Lanka. Yes Dhoni is the main inspiration for Indian cricket. I can assure you he can lead India to biggest win in 2011 world cup but he and his team need to be consistent, this is the problem all Asian teams have.The biggest exam for Dhoni is to defend the World T20 cup. India performance there will decide their future.Good luck Dhoni :)

  • ladycricfan on August 28, 2008, 10:47 GMT

    Nice to see Mendis the Menace turning into Mendis the Manageable. Cricket is always exciting when there is a contest between bat and ball and when there's hard-fought close finishes as the last 3 odis showed. As for the TOSS, did the curator assume that SL was going to be 4th time lucky and win the toss? He prepared the pitch which deteriorated so rapidly. I've never seen a test match pitch turn square on the 1st afternoon. He meant it for Murali and Mendis but in the end it was Bhajji and Yuvi enjoyed his generosity. Nothing more to say about Dhoni-others said it all. India is blessed with gem of a cricketer. Last of all, Good luck to Thuara a very exciting alrounder.

  • Marsh_aussie on August 28, 2008, 10:31 GMT

    First I would like to congratulate the Indians on their collective effort to win their first bilateral series in Srilanka. At the same time we have to consider the fact that this Sri Lankan team has been on the decline in ODI's ever since the world cup. Not long ago, they were beaten by England. Inspite of the fact that their batting didn't come good, Sri Lanka came close in all the matches. It is not that they were humiliated like the Indians were in the First match. The fact that Murali & Vaas didn't contribute much made the Indians task much easier. For those who want to eliminate the Fab4, please remember that it is Sachin's brilliance that won the VB series for India. MSD has started his captaincy carrer on the right note. The confidence he shows in the youngsters is commendable. Let us not make the usual mistake of judging their performance just by this series. Let us wait and watch them over the next 6 months and pass our Judgement.

    Congrats India.

  • Jesen on August 28, 2008, 10:09 GMT

    I am not happy with anishka's comments. Whether Dhoni can read Mendis or not his effort has been effective. Even the Fab 4 was not able to read him or get runs of him,which Dhoni was able to. It's important in odis to get runs, you can get them in any fashion you want. Hailing from Ranchi, I am a big fan of Dhoni. About the fab 4 I can say they aged . Now they should themselves step down and give the youngsters the chance but it should be gradual. Congratulations to Shoni and his team for making us proud.

  • Rajgiri_Srinivasan on August 28, 2008, 9:44 GMT

    Actually I am a bit surprised by this win and the amount of luck Dhoni has ... He has worked hard no doubt ... If at all this win is not gonna restart the rubbish talks of ageing seniors and retirement of fab4, I am very happy for Dhoni & Co... Gr8.. Give the respect what the seniors deserve. .. and give the support what these youngsters desire .. Don't compare them ...

  • HiyerNHiyer on August 28, 2008, 8:53 GMT

    I may not be a huge MSD fan but lets admit the fact that India outplayed Srilanka in the last three ODIs and that too in Srilanka. For people like Roshanf who thinks Srilanka were undone by the toss and a couple of umpiring decisions..please remember this series is in Srilanka where the Srilankan board prepares the wickets so if you cannot manage a consistent wicket then stop whining and accept that Srilanka played poorly and India played well. Honestly I think Srilanka are still too dependent on Sanath, Sanga and Mahela for runs and Murali and Vaasy to get them wickets and need to look for options as well.

  • anirban.mitra on August 28, 2008, 8:50 GMT

    India won this series because of an able leader who can lead from the front. Also we see here that the exhuberence of youth has done wonders for this Indian team.The selectors realise that there is a huge GAP between our oneday and test team and that its because of the youth that we won the series. Anil Kumble,should realise somethig that its time for him to go.Kumble dont gurantee himself a place in the playing XI if not the captain. Seriously guyz its time for him to hang up his boots and retire as he is a big time liablity to the Indian team and he should realise it. He himself should realise the distinctive difference between his test team and dhoni's one day team. He should step down and let Mahendra Singh Dhoni take charge of the team so that we can build the future of indian cricket in all the two formats

    Also Congratualtions to Dhoni and his boys. U guys did an awesome job and made us all proud.

  • roshanbohra on August 28, 2008, 7:02 GMT

    first and foremost congratulations team india u r right the indian team has been playing like a team under the captaincy of dhoni and i feel dhoni is spot on by encouraging in form players, he is usually criticised for dropping older players but the fact is he has only dropped the out of form players why else would sehwag and tendulkar still be there in the side most people will say that the toss won the tornament for india, but thats not indias fault, the fact is they have backed themselves and overcome their mendis fobia, if u look at the 4th odi sanath was brilliant but the rest was below par, mahela was in excellent form ,yet he wasn't even trying to assert himself on the bowlers, at that point had mahela and sanath attacked the bowling india would have struggled with their 5th bowling option so stop blaming the team and lets give them credit for their win

  • RoshanF on August 29, 2008, 6:33 GMT

    MaxLuther and co. - please do read S. Rajesh's piece on this site on the extra importance of the toss on some venues. Even Tony Greig was forced to make the quite ridiculous sounding suggestion to have the choice of batting first or second shared by the two teams at a venue like the R. Premadasa stadium. Simple fact is at some venues, especially in D/N games the toss is absolutely crucial. No it was not that significant a factor in the Asia Cup final, and it wouldn't have mattered had India batted first. They would have struggled against Mendis who was very new to them on that day. Incidentally I saw a few laughable comments that Dhoni and co. had completely dominated Mendis. Well even with India batting first during the 3rd ODI and with Dhoni well set Mendis completely bamboozled him with one that pitched on middle turned and missed the off stump by a hair's breadth. Had India batted second in the 4th ODI they would have struggled to get past 140. So tricky was the pitch.

  • yeah_right on August 28, 2008, 13:24 GMT

    I dont understand why people should criticize Dhoni.He doesnt have the technique to play conventional cricket.Alright. So what he averages around 50 in ODI.When all the batsmen struggled to Mendis in the Asia Cup final, he was the only player who played without any struggle(with his own awkward technique). Almost half the game is won when you are positive and thinking big.To be honest, I have never admired his batting except for the commitment and attitude he shows in whatever he does.About captaincy: "Yuvraj will play all the games despite his poor show. He is our trump card" (after his flop in CB series)That's how he motivates,that confidence in his players will make them realise what they are really capable of.Do anyone need proof? Have you ever seen Gambhir playing so professionally over the years. Ask him,Raina,Uthappa,Rohit etc..

  • Tawakal07 on August 28, 2008, 11:25 GMT

    First of all congratulations to Dhoni 11 for winning first ever series in Sri Lanka. Yes Dhoni is the main inspiration for Indian cricket. I can assure you he can lead India to biggest win in 2011 world cup but he and his team need to be consistent, this is the problem all Asian teams have.The biggest exam for Dhoni is to defend the World T20 cup. India performance there will decide their future.Good luck Dhoni :)

  • ladycricfan on August 28, 2008, 10:47 GMT

    Nice to see Mendis the Menace turning into Mendis the Manageable. Cricket is always exciting when there is a contest between bat and ball and when there's hard-fought close finishes as the last 3 odis showed. As for the TOSS, did the curator assume that SL was going to be 4th time lucky and win the toss? He prepared the pitch which deteriorated so rapidly. I've never seen a test match pitch turn square on the 1st afternoon. He meant it for Murali and Mendis but in the end it was Bhajji and Yuvi enjoyed his generosity. Nothing more to say about Dhoni-others said it all. India is blessed with gem of a cricketer. Last of all, Good luck to Thuara a very exciting alrounder.

  • Marsh_aussie on August 28, 2008, 10:31 GMT

    First I would like to congratulate the Indians on their collective effort to win their first bilateral series in Srilanka. At the same time we have to consider the fact that this Sri Lankan team has been on the decline in ODI's ever since the world cup. Not long ago, they were beaten by England. Inspite of the fact that their batting didn't come good, Sri Lanka came close in all the matches. It is not that they were humiliated like the Indians were in the First match. The fact that Murali & Vaas didn't contribute much made the Indians task much easier. For those who want to eliminate the Fab4, please remember that it is Sachin's brilliance that won the VB series for India. MSD has started his captaincy carrer on the right note. The confidence he shows in the youngsters is commendable. Let us not make the usual mistake of judging their performance just by this series. Let us wait and watch them over the next 6 months and pass our Judgement.

    Congrats India.

  • Jesen on August 28, 2008, 10:09 GMT

    I am not happy with anishka's comments. Whether Dhoni can read Mendis or not his effort has been effective. Even the Fab 4 was not able to read him or get runs of him,which Dhoni was able to. It's important in odis to get runs, you can get them in any fashion you want. Hailing from Ranchi, I am a big fan of Dhoni. About the fab 4 I can say they aged . Now they should themselves step down and give the youngsters the chance but it should be gradual. Congratulations to Shoni and his team for making us proud.

  • Rajgiri_Srinivasan on August 28, 2008, 9:44 GMT

    Actually I am a bit surprised by this win and the amount of luck Dhoni has ... He has worked hard no doubt ... If at all this win is not gonna restart the rubbish talks of ageing seniors and retirement of fab4, I am very happy for Dhoni & Co... Gr8.. Give the respect what the seniors deserve. .. and give the support what these youngsters desire .. Don't compare them ...

  • HiyerNHiyer on August 28, 2008, 8:53 GMT

    I may not be a huge MSD fan but lets admit the fact that India outplayed Srilanka in the last three ODIs and that too in Srilanka. For people like Roshanf who thinks Srilanka were undone by the toss and a couple of umpiring decisions..please remember this series is in Srilanka where the Srilankan board prepares the wickets so if you cannot manage a consistent wicket then stop whining and accept that Srilanka played poorly and India played well. Honestly I think Srilanka are still too dependent on Sanath, Sanga and Mahela for runs and Murali and Vaasy to get them wickets and need to look for options as well.

  • anirban.mitra on August 28, 2008, 8:50 GMT

    India won this series because of an able leader who can lead from the front. Also we see here that the exhuberence of youth has done wonders for this Indian team.The selectors realise that there is a huge GAP between our oneday and test team and that its because of the youth that we won the series. Anil Kumble,should realise somethig that its time for him to go.Kumble dont gurantee himself a place in the playing XI if not the captain. Seriously guyz its time for him to hang up his boots and retire as he is a big time liablity to the Indian team and he should realise it. He himself should realise the distinctive difference between his test team and dhoni's one day team. He should step down and let Mahendra Singh Dhoni take charge of the team so that we can build the future of indian cricket in all the two formats

    Also Congratualtions to Dhoni and his boys. U guys did an awesome job and made us all proud.

  • roshanbohra on August 28, 2008, 7:02 GMT

    first and foremost congratulations team india u r right the indian team has been playing like a team under the captaincy of dhoni and i feel dhoni is spot on by encouraging in form players, he is usually criticised for dropping older players but the fact is he has only dropped the out of form players why else would sehwag and tendulkar still be there in the side most people will say that the toss won the tornament for india, but thats not indias fault, the fact is they have backed themselves and overcome their mendis fobia, if u look at the 4th odi sanath was brilliant but the rest was below par, mahela was in excellent form ,yet he wasn't even trying to assert himself on the bowlers, at that point had mahela and sanath attacked the bowling india would have struggled with their 5th bowling option so stop blaming the team and lets give them credit for their win

  • anishka on August 28, 2008, 6:59 GMT

    hahahahahah!!!! you ll think dat dhoni can read Mendis my foot and the way he bats like a typical cow and for me he is so lucky dats all

  • mahivivekkumar on August 28, 2008, 6:49 GMT

    I m a gr8 fan of MSD from dayz whn he used to play for his state.I knew he has got d ability 2 make it 2 d big stage but never thought of his captaincy skills & am very much amazed at d same time thrilled 2 c a small city boy keepin his head cool n performing so well not only indvidually but as a team n moreover as an inspiration.We hav always seen whnevr 1 gets captaincy he fumbles but MSD is diff...he is performing better thn evr.He got a tag as Finisher n known 4 his big hittin capabilities but now is showin his leadership skills.he is very very very cool at mind.Although he has not d gr8 batting skills n abilities as tht of other talented batsmen but still he is performin better thn every other individual not only himself but inspiring d whole young team.And as I c from here he is go'g 2 be 1 of d greatest captains evr India saw n ll c.He has gr8 faith in his so called younger team yet he never tries 2 disrespect ny senior member, instead at times he showed gr8r respect.

  • bharath172 on August 28, 2008, 6:48 GMT

    The Fab4 bashing seems to have become a new trend in Indian Cricket aver since the conclusion of the test series against Sri Lanka. But I am not a part of this trend.Yeah, I agree India have won a bilateral series in Sri Lanka after a long time, and all credit to this young team for doing this. I have also read a comment from some one asking for Rahul Dravid to be dropped from the test side I don't agree with this at all. Test Cricket is totally different ball game and it requires experience to acore against quality bowling. And don't go ga ga over this victory against Sri Lanka. Let see if this team can beat South Africa and Australia in their own den without Sachin Tendulkar in the side. That for me is a huge test. And wether guys like Dhoni, Yuvraj, Raina, Rohit Sharma are as reliable in Test Cricket. That still remains un answered. Whether these guys can actually score runs in Test Cricket overseas. I am not too sure. Don't write off the Fab4 yet.

  • vision_beyond_view on August 28, 2008, 6:47 GMT

    Now where is that Petty Writer of Cricinfo - dileep premachandra, a obsessed person who only know to write appalling things about Indian Criket Team just because Sri Lanka once in a lifetime won a Test Series against the India. Now where are his pathetic writing about India future in deep trouble as Old are finished and New don't know how to play cricket. Listen crazy freak suffering from middle age blues(i.e.dileep) now move out of your depression and try to see that India has beaten sri lanka in there own cracked backyard against there unnatural bowlers and lets not even talk about there batsmen as they really are who don't know how to play against quality and natural bowling ........... thats quite freaky, RIGHT ;)

  • Manian.MBS on August 28, 2008, 6:45 GMT

    Hi! Lankans and Critics of this young talented Indian side it is better accept the truth that, this young Indian team outplayed the Lankans. Do not take away the credit away from the team. Do not talk about Toss and umpiring. What happened in the Asia Cup where Lankans won while batting first. Indians never complained about the toss. What happened in the Test series where the umpiring decisions where challenged and the third umpire also gave so many wrong decision at the crucial stages. Eg. Schewag's out in the first test, and the two or three cases in the final test. Dravid was given out while a clear case of Lankan was negated. Ball hitting the back foot in the naked eye was wrongly replayed in the front foot. These should have been questioned. Instead a pointing to the on field umpiring for the Lankans cause is not acceptable to a common man. The diehard Lankans who does not want to think beyond VAAS, MURALI, and Mendis & Jeyawardane may like this.

  • Tomorrow_Never_Dies on August 28, 2008, 6:36 GMT

    A well deserved win for Dhoni and Boys despite a loss in the first match. This win is because of the team effort rather than an individual performance. Team had shown a great discipline all through the series and good to know that Raina back to form. Of course, he should be in form atleast to build partnerships because he is coming as one down, a most valuable position. Zaheer, the man who made SriLanka wobbled with his accurate deliveries. Praveen Kumar though expensive in the previous match shown a terrific performance. Virat Kohli has not shown his inexperience in one-day internationals, played quite well. Congratulations to him. Mendis-though you are a terrific find, sorry to say, you will be beaten for sure and that happened here. Last but not least, Congratulations to Vaas for picking his 400th Wicket.

  • MaxLuther on August 28, 2008, 6:35 GMT

    I'm not sure what RoshanF's problem is ..... Lanka lost the toss in the first ODI & still won by 8 wickets ...... Which proved that winning the toss is not equal to winning the game .... even Jayawardane said that wining the toss is an advantage , but will not decide the fate of the match. Quality of cricket will decide the fate of the match.

    The fact is that the Sri Lankan batsmen got over-confident & the Indian Batsmen unravelled the Mendis mystery & hit him out of the park.

    To conclude : Yes the toss was an advantage, as is the case in more than 50% of all day-night games, but an advantage cannot be translated into victory without playing quality cricket.

    Also why bother what the commentators said , when Dhoni - the Indian Cap, himself said winning the toss was an advantage , so whats the argument here ?

    Yes, there were some bad umpiring decisions against lanka in the last game, but there were many bad decisions against India in the first 3 games , its prt of cricket.

  • Supratik on August 28, 2008, 6:07 GMT

    A good victory indeed, but hold your horses. Bouquets when you win and brickbats when you lose, thats the Indian mantra, who have contempt for history anyway. Between 2000-2004 the exploits were virtually the same. The only blemish was tripping in the finals. Whether this team will go all the way to winning the world cup or not is to be seen. Let us not forget, that as well as Dhoni's men played, the Lankans played poorly. The 4 bowler formula; well that was what Ganguly was pilloried for (during 2000-04) wasn't it? Amnesia is taking over us!! The fab 4s time is virtually up, atleast for Ganguly and maybe for Dravid, but what these players did post the match-fixing phase after 1999 is non-pareil. As for youngsters, all the youngsters that came in between 2000-05 will probably outnumber the count of today! Anyone up for a headcount? So when we welcome the new era it must be remembered, that the batting galaxy that was on view during that period is unlikely to be surpassed soon.

  • R_Raja on August 28, 2008, 5:54 GMT

    All countries should consider having separate captains for the Test Matches and ODIs. Barring a few core members, even the other members of the team should be different. India benefitted from this approach early this year in Australia and again in Sri Lanka. Despite winning the test series, the Australian and Sri Lankan teams looked jaded and mentally and physically drained. England have also succeeded byond their wildest imagination in the on going series against South Africa follwoing a similar approach. A third dimension is to have a separate 20-20 team. Of course, it goes without saying that success or failure ultimately depends on the skills of the captain and his members.

  • RoshanF on August 28, 2008, 4:37 GMT

    Hats off to India for the win but was it as straight forward as it has been commented on. Jamie Alter has not made any reference to the all important toss and the wretched pitch when SL batted. Conditions were also better for the Indian seamers as attested to by Tony Greig & Waqar Younis in the commentary box and also Siddarth V. in his column here.

    It's a pity that Jamie Alter and the many Go-India supporters here have not admitted those factors. And then there was the umpiring. Warnapura was struggling alright but the lbw decision he got was very poor. Indian supporters will argue that Warnapura had not scored a single run for 18 balls but that wicket, when Jayasuriya was blazing, fired up the bowlers. Then there was the even more horrific decision against an in form Kapugedara (30 off 32 balls) when umpire Doctrove again gave an lbw howler - a huge inside edge on to the pads. It froze whatever chance SL had.

    The series between two even teams was won by the winner of the TOSS!!

  • mani_8005 on August 28, 2008, 4:30 GMT

    Dhoni has led a new revolution with youngsters to upset an old order. Nobody in this team scored a huge century or took a huge bag of wickets but all of them contributed in one way or other to the Indian team's cause. For the first time in 25 years, the indian team is resembling a team of 11 players and not a group of 11 individuals.

  • Hiteshdevilliers on August 28, 2008, 4:03 GMT

    MS Dhoni has now proven himself and his young team to the world that team India can carry on without the Fab Four.The record speaks for itself.A twenty/20 cup win followed by series wins against Pakistan,Australia and Sri Lanka with the latter two in their own backyard.These are good signs for the future of Indian Cricket.Dhoni has shown how mature and inspirational he is to this team.He has completely changed as a cricketer and it is for the better.It could be better though.I feel Dhoni should now concentrate on improving his test record.He hasn't made too many runs and had some keeping problems in the past as well.I just hope he doesn't become another Michael Bevan odi wonder test failure story.But he has definitely bought himself time to correct his test match flaws after the karthik/parthiv flop show in the test series and his One Day promise.But the biggest thing India and Gary Kirsten have to work on now is the fielding.Through all of India one day successes this has been a flaw.

  • kikupuj on August 28, 2008, 4:00 GMT

    Congrats to the Indian ODI team and MSD. They truly deserve the victory. Coming into this series with losses in the Kitply and Asia Cup final, the team has shown tremendous grit to defeat Srilanka on their home ground. I also think there will always be people who love to criticize the indian team and say their success was because the other team failed miserably. Why not give credit to the Indians? They came back as a package and won the series. IF the srilankans were so out of form, then how come they got a lot of credit when they won the first match.

  • Patelbhai on August 28, 2008, 3:52 GMT

    would like to hear a congratulatory message from the fab 4 to Dhoni. Kumble, please wake up and drop a few seniors from your test side. Bring in Badri for Dravid. It will do Dravid good. Base your decision on current form not what thet did 2 years ago.

  • Amila on August 28, 2008, 3:45 GMT

    I must congatulate Indian team. I thought the biggest difference MS Dhoni. He was Spot on with his decision making and his batting in the middle order ensured that the Sri Lankan bowlers don't keep chiping away with wickets. I feel sorry for the Sri Lankan team, because they had the worst conditions to both bat & bowl in all three games they lost. Only time they had the better of the conditions they won convinsingly. So I think it is unfair to write Sri Lanka off. It would have been a different story had they won the toss.

  • Gopalakrishna on August 28, 2008, 2:27 GMT

    I agree with Davedave on his commnets on Rohit Sharma. If the selectors were to pick Yousuf Pathan for the Asia Cup on his performances of IPL games, what sin has Venugopala Rao had committed in not being selected. He is an accomplished cricketer who scored many runs in IPL. I think he deserves one moe try. Let us not forget that Greg Chappel had immense confidence on this crickter and had predicted that he is a certain captaincy material. I think selectors should have an open mind regarding this cricketer. It is really shocking to see that he does not find a place in the scheme of things in India A plans. As the team has already been announced for the series Australia A tour, it is high time that the selecotors should reconsider him for the series against New Zealand A. It isa high time that the new selection committee would give a thought to Venugopala Rao in their scheme of things. Vengsarkar's team had done a very little justice to this Cricketer

  • vyash on August 28, 2008, 2:14 GMT

    How has he not cemented his place in the test side? He's the vice captain. Plus it really showed how India missed him during the test team with his batting and more importantly his wicketkeeping. Right now he is one of the most critical players in the Indian side.

  • checkIndia on August 28, 2008, 2:03 GMT

    He`s great Leader..After taken the captaincy he has never failed to take d team to the finals,be it VB series or even Chennai Super Kings in IPL...he`s amazing talent with his unusual batting technique,smart keeping and cool headed captaincy..ten years down the line,he very well be among the greatest Wicket-Keeper batsman of all time..

  • MBagchi on August 28, 2008, 1:58 GMT

    Dhoni, even in his first avatar as a dasher, had always stood out as a exciting, confident young cricketer. However his transformation from that to his present self of mentor and captain to a very young Indian team has been remarkable. Not even his biggest supporters could have envisioned him as such a cool, calm and collected young leader who drove India out of the mire they found themselves in after the end of the last world cup. There is no doubt that he needs to improve tactically, but considering it has not even been a year as captain will surely come with time. I hope the selectors persist with him till atleast the next world cup because with Sachin, Sehwag and Ishant back, we have a real chance of winning it, especially considering the nucleus of the side is already in place. Congratulations Team India, you have proved every sceptic (including me) wrong by nullifying the M&M threat and winning a tough looking series away from home. Well done!

  • Keen on August 27, 2008, 22:38 GMT

    Strong leaders that can inspire individuals to excel are a real asset and can make a difference. Dhoni is a super leader. We need him to galvanize a team that is without the four greatest batsman India ever produced. Fantastic performance by everyone in the team - a balance of young and established players. Beating Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka is no mean feat especially after their recent comprehensive success in the tests. We need Dhoni to be India's test captain too asap. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

  • r1m2 on August 27, 2008, 21:18 GMT

    I think Dhoni has already proven himself to be a great leader of men. He's won more matches than he lost, and I actually can't recall if India had failed to reach a final under his captaincy yet. He's also well respected (such as by the Aussies) and that is great. I think Dhoni is a good decision maker and his decision to sit out the tests series was one of the many great decisions he's taken on and off the cricket field since handed the limited overs captaincy. I can't help but feel that the selectors would be itching to hand over the test captaincy to him, but I only hope that all those liters of milk in his system have turned him into a Super Man. Otherwise year after year handling 10+ tests, 100s of limited overs (first class?) as the captain, one of the better bats of the new gen and "the" wicket keeper could bring pre-mature end to his career. That would be shameful for India. However, it's hard to figure out a solution for that. India needs Dhoni at least for another 10 yrs.

  • Skywalker1977 on August 27, 2008, 20:43 GMT

    Congratulations to the Indian team on a splendid win. Considering it was a maiden series triumph in Srilanka, full marks to the young side. Dhoni has led from the front and has been brilliantly backed up by Zaheer, Raina, Munaf and Harbhajan. This augurs well for the future of Indian One-day cricket. In the euphoria though, we must not forget that we have an aging Test side and should fill up that void soon before its too late. Its time to SLOWLY start blooding youngsters in the Test arena as well if we want similar results.

  • yeah_right on August 27, 2008, 20:36 GMT

    For all the people who call Dhoni lucky, I would like to mention one point. Luck is a divine, you got to deserve it. Dhoni deserves all his luck for the commitment he shows as a captain. Did anyone notice how exhausted he was during his knock of 71? That never stopped him to run like a hare between the wickets. That unnoticed aspect proves his commitment towards the game. That's how he generates his luck. It is not easy to be lucky if only you deserve u will be lucky India is lucky to have a player like him. Hope he becomes one of the best captain in the world!!

  • archis100 on August 27, 2008, 20:35 GMT

    Though it's not over, it's over! Yogi Berra, take a bow..

    Not too often in the past has India wrapped up things so comprehensibly. In light of where we began the series, it is truly remarkable. The fact that our heavyweights [Yuvi, Gambhir] did not flourish and that burden was so seamlessly picked up by Dhoni, Raina and company. That our bowling lead by Zaheer and Harbhajan was so decisive and strangling. But the key factor for me is how young India has slowly broken that impenetrable Mendis code. Herein lies the true leadership from Dhoni, the simple will to dominate the opposition even when the odds are high. And the fact that 'domination' does not always mean a massive hit for four or six, but almost always gets triggered through steady rotation of strikes and denying that wicket for yet another ball.

  • alok_5567 on August 27, 2008, 20:30 GMT

    Words are not enough to shower enough accolades on MS Dhoni's captaincy and his batting prowess.The kind of confidence he enthuses on the field is incredible and it rubs off to the juvenile comrades in the team as well.I am very confident that under his leadership there is only way Indian cricket can move,n that is towards greater heights.Its high team Kumble hands over the captaincy of the test team to Dhoni.I dont see any reason why he wouldn't be a successful test captain as well.Kudo's to Dhoni and the entire Indian team.Well done guys,you make entire nation proud!

  • amin.bintory on August 27, 2008, 20:29 GMT

    As he always says, MSD & Team India are enjoying their games which results in their current winnings. Wish Kumble's test side had a similar attitude. Perhaps the test result would had been different. All said and done, full credit to the pace revival of India. Zaheer has been an inspiration alongwith MS Dhoni when it came to high quality performances in this series. Hope the youngsters if given a chance in the final game perform just as well. Make no mistake. Dhoni & young boys are here to stay with their right attitudes & mindsets in dealing with everything, on and off the field. Amin Aijaz

  • putrevus on August 27, 2008, 20:12 GMT

    "Critics can argue that India were helped by a complete batting failure by the hosts, and off-key series for Chaminda Vaas and Muralitharan"

    Jaime Alter you are a joke , when indian batting failed against mendis and murali in Asia cup and test series , it was due to their brilliance and nothing due to off color batting by indian legends who had off series,why cant these guys give this indian team credit, they got rocked in first match and win three in row and beat the hosts comprehensively, you come with that statement.

  • gulgula on August 27, 2008, 19:55 GMT

    Actually I see a bunch of web-designers criticizing Facebook day and night. Right now Facebook is the most popular website among young people. Similarly, MS Dhoni is criticized by pseudo-cricketers all the time, when is the most popular icon of cricket in young Indians.

    People should achieve more than MS Dhoni before criticizing him.

  • davedave on August 27, 2008, 19:48 GMT

    Congrats for the Indian team. Rohit is really waste he has given a fair amount chance but should back to the domestic games to improve and Badhri should be given fair chance like others. One more question What would have been happened had India batted second.

  • Experienceisoverrated on August 27, 2008, 19:44 GMT

    Can someone explain to me the mentality of all the "Know it all" analysts in India? They slam the team whenever youngsters are selected over the "experienced" old guard. The youngsters lack in expereince so the solution to fix that for the next World Cup is to sit them on the sidelines so they can continue to NOT gain experience while we watch the immense failures of the old guard continue to drag this team down? I'm sure every Indian was proud of how the massive expereince took us to the tremendous success in the last World Cup correct? A country of 1 billion+ is good at only 1 sport(sorry fluke Olympic medals in borderline "sports" don't count, specially when nations like Ethipia win more medals than India) and we want the 900 million cricket analysts to keep asking for the old guard which has shown for years now that they are not fit to play 1 day matches at an international level?

  • kris_vijay on August 27, 2008, 19:26 GMT

    Dhoni has done it again. He did it in Australia by winning the CB series after losing that controversial test series. He has done it again, now in Srilanka. And the striking factor is, both these victories were away from home which certainly is sweeter. But, the whole team deserves the credit. The way Zaheer bowled through out the series, the way other bowlers supported and the enthusiasm shown by the Indians on the field have to be admired. Its not to be forgotten that, we missed Sehwag and Sachin before the start of the series and Gautam and Yuvi were just a shadow of their self. These 4 batsmen are important members of 'Team India'. Right now we can forget everything and enjoy the moment. Congratulations to Team India and hats off to Dhoni!!!

  • India_will_win on August 27, 2008, 19:19 GMT

    Congratulations Team India and great job MS Dhoni for leading from the front. Had India lost this match and the series the same writer would be pointing out shortcomings in Dhoni's captaincy. No doubt his batting has been very responsible since he has been a captain and has played a huge role in India's success in this series. Dhoni's decision of not playing in Test series still can not be justified. It was to the BCCI to schedule Test Series at a time when player dont feel exhausted. By opting out of the Test series Dhoni set a negative example. Had Harbhajan Singh or Ishant Sharma or Virender Sehwag, the heroes of Indian Victory in 2nd Test opted not to play in this series, Sri Lanka would have won by 3-0 instead of 2-1. Due to Dhoni's not playing India lost an efficient batsman and an able wicket-keeper and the mistakes made by his replacements, Dinesh Kaarthik and Paarthiv Patel cost India crucial wickets and thus series. That's history now that India has won it's time to cheer!

  • willow_knights on August 27, 2008, 19:02 GMT

    The real captain always stands tall amidst tough situations when comes to dealing with humongous pressure and today MS Dhoni did just that,India rallied from 0-1 down in the series to win three games in a row is splendidly amazing.In all the three games the captain played a magnificent match winning role through his batting and proactive team combination.He is a gutsy captain and he always makes typical moves and decision. India entered 3rd ODI with four specialist bowlers leaving out pathan and it proved to be a master stroke by the captain as the pace bowling trio had set it magnificently thus knocking Srilanka out early in the chase.Dhoni always displayed tonnes of temperament,composure and played a huge role in India`s ODI success as under his leadership we witness young talent displaying maturity, skill and precision which is contributing to India`s success in the absence of senior players as they have done it in Australia.

  • venkatSan on August 27, 2008, 18:58 GMT

    Congratulations!!! to India on their confident series victory. It sound naive for Jamie Alter to belittle the victory by saying that the victory is helped by batting failure and low-key performances by Vass and Murali. I wonder, how he failed to think the same lines when the entire test team were in miserable form of their life. We must not fail to notice they way the team handled Mendis as the series progressed. Mending is being sorted out...beware Mendis..your honeymoon in the international cricket is fast coming to an end. I will be unsportive, If i fail to congratulate Vass for this 400 the ODI wicket and the consistent threat/performance of Jayawardene in this whole series.

  • betaal on August 27, 2008, 18:58 GMT

    You need to ask? Are you kidding? Not just in this series, but the CB or the trecent tri and everything I can remember over the last 1 and half years or so. He rocks! As a leader for younsters, and even oldies (like me) need to wake up and learn how to lead from this cool camper

  • ndayannanda on August 27, 2008, 18:48 GMT

    Factual observation. Looking at the scorecard today, this is a team effort- with 3 batman getting 50's, and distribution of wickets amongst bowlers. Most of Indian victories traditionally have been due to phenomenal success of individuals, where victories have been made possible single handedly- latest example being Sehwag's double in the 2nd test. Dhoni also plays 'impact' innings which changes the aura of the whole series. His innnings in Lords, I dare say, changed Indian cricket history of 20 years. His fifty in the 3rd ODI,I think, blew the myth of facing M and M, and instrumental in the confidences of Kohli and Raina in the 4rth ODI. And, he is lucky too. I shudder the thought of replacements for the fab four- their domestic averages are in 30's-but India have a fantastic captain for a while( they are running him to the ground with the schedule)

  • Koushik_Biswas on August 27, 2008, 18:47 GMT

    MS is doing everything right, and I am sure that he also has an eye on the chinks in his armor. Fielding continues to blow hot and cold, and the top half of the batting line up needs to be more consistent. Gambhir seems to be slightly dependent on Sehwag to shift to that murderous determined side of himself - MS needs to work with him on that. The new faces need extensive training in pressure management, and Yuvi needs to become more responsible. Sachin should be rendered dispensable but actually never dispensed until he himself steps down. Rohit should be promoted up the order as he usually needs to play himself in before shifting to his more elegant side. In fact, I believe he should be groomed for the number three spot. His kind is not fit for slog overs. Bowling department should be maintained as its current intensity once Ishant is back. MS also needs to groom other spinners if he is serious about the next world cup.

  • haliasturindus on August 27, 2008, 18:47 GMT

    Not to take away anything from Indians. They played superbly, especially considering how bad the much experienced Test team performed in the series which went before this. However, I consider this a case where SL lost (& gifted) the series, rather than Indians winning it.

    We have to accept the fact that Indians didn't fire collectively either; apart from Raina/Dhoni in batting & much more collective effort in bowling/fielding. Even with such a half-hearted effort from the Indians, SL lost thanks to its horrible batting line-up. The architects of this disastrous ODI batting lineup of SL who are real culprits. Basically, the SL lacks an all-round batting line-up, which would suit & could adapt to any situation. They did that with the '96 team, where they had Aggressors at top (Sana/Kalu), a consolidator (Gura), more aggressors (Ara/Arjuna) & more consolidators (Roshan/Hashan). Now, the trio of kapu/Dilshan/Silva are all Wham!Bang!Pooof! type, which inhibit & pressurize the top three.

  • harykumar on August 27, 2008, 18:41 GMT

    What a leader. Now, what a batsmen too. The way he changed his batting style, his temperament, his way of inspiring the team- are amazing. It may look sometimes that there is this "luck" part but then he is strong enough to through ball to someone like Joginder Sharma in crucial times which I don't think many captains can do. Another important aspect is the way he is backing young player. Giving them more than what we think are needed number of chances. It is paying off. His change of approach towards batting is also unbelievable. His average and strike rate speaks all that. Hope, we will win the next world cup under Dhoni. It is time we hand over test captaincy also to Dhoni. after recent test loss, everyone pointed to wards Fab four but forgot Anil Kumble thinking that he is captain and gets a place in team obviously. Why it should be? I am sure he will not have place in team without captaincy. Is captaincy a retirement plan for Kumble or what? come on Kumble, hang-up your shoes now.

  • Cricizen on August 27, 2008, 18:32 GMT

    Dhoni's all-round abilities coupled with his sheer grit, confidence and killer instincts are truly very inspiring and are a breath of fresh air in Indian Cricket. The game is played on the Ground and in the minds and Dhoni is one individual who can excel at both these aspects and not only one. This is exemplified by the stats in Jamie Alter's piece - for once the numbers don't lie ! Mahi Dhoni should be celebrated. What an individual !

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  • Cricizen on August 27, 2008, 18:32 GMT

    Dhoni's all-round abilities coupled with his sheer grit, confidence and killer instincts are truly very inspiring and are a breath of fresh air in Indian Cricket. The game is played on the Ground and in the minds and Dhoni is one individual who can excel at both these aspects and not only one. This is exemplified by the stats in Jamie Alter's piece - for once the numbers don't lie ! Mahi Dhoni should be celebrated. What an individual !

  • harykumar on August 27, 2008, 18:41 GMT

    What a leader. Now, what a batsmen too. The way he changed his batting style, his temperament, his way of inspiring the team- are amazing. It may look sometimes that there is this "luck" part but then he is strong enough to through ball to someone like Joginder Sharma in crucial times which I don't think many captains can do. Another important aspect is the way he is backing young player. Giving them more than what we think are needed number of chances. It is paying off. His change of approach towards batting is also unbelievable. His average and strike rate speaks all that. Hope, we will win the next world cup under Dhoni. It is time we hand over test captaincy also to Dhoni. after recent test loss, everyone pointed to wards Fab four but forgot Anil Kumble thinking that he is captain and gets a place in team obviously. Why it should be? I am sure he will not have place in team without captaincy. Is captaincy a retirement plan for Kumble or what? come on Kumble, hang-up your shoes now.

  • haliasturindus on August 27, 2008, 18:47 GMT

    Not to take away anything from Indians. They played superbly, especially considering how bad the much experienced Test team performed in the series which went before this. However, I consider this a case where SL lost (& gifted) the series, rather than Indians winning it.

    We have to accept the fact that Indians didn't fire collectively either; apart from Raina/Dhoni in batting & much more collective effort in bowling/fielding. Even with such a half-hearted effort from the Indians, SL lost thanks to its horrible batting line-up. The architects of this disastrous ODI batting lineup of SL who are real culprits. Basically, the SL lacks an all-round batting line-up, which would suit & could adapt to any situation. They did that with the '96 team, where they had Aggressors at top (Sana/Kalu), a consolidator (Gura), more aggressors (Ara/Arjuna) & more consolidators (Roshan/Hashan). Now, the trio of kapu/Dilshan/Silva are all Wham!Bang!Pooof! type, which inhibit & pressurize the top three.

  • Koushik_Biswas on August 27, 2008, 18:47 GMT

    MS is doing everything right, and I am sure that he also has an eye on the chinks in his armor. Fielding continues to blow hot and cold, and the top half of the batting line up needs to be more consistent. Gambhir seems to be slightly dependent on Sehwag to shift to that murderous determined side of himself - MS needs to work with him on that. The new faces need extensive training in pressure management, and Yuvi needs to become more responsible. Sachin should be rendered dispensable but actually never dispensed until he himself steps down. Rohit should be promoted up the order as he usually needs to play himself in before shifting to his more elegant side. In fact, I believe he should be groomed for the number three spot. His kind is not fit for slog overs. Bowling department should be maintained as its current intensity once Ishant is back. MS also needs to groom other spinners if he is serious about the next world cup.

  • ndayannanda on August 27, 2008, 18:48 GMT

    Factual observation. Looking at the scorecard today, this is a team effort- with 3 batman getting 50's, and distribution of wickets amongst bowlers. Most of Indian victories traditionally have been due to phenomenal success of individuals, where victories have been made possible single handedly- latest example being Sehwag's double in the 2nd test. Dhoni also plays 'impact' innings which changes the aura of the whole series. His innnings in Lords, I dare say, changed Indian cricket history of 20 years. His fifty in the 3rd ODI,I think, blew the myth of facing M and M, and instrumental in the confidences of Kohli and Raina in the 4rth ODI. And, he is lucky too. I shudder the thought of replacements for the fab four- their domestic averages are in 30's-but India have a fantastic captain for a while( they are running him to the ground with the schedule)

  • betaal on August 27, 2008, 18:58 GMT

    You need to ask? Are you kidding? Not just in this series, but the CB or the trecent tri and everything I can remember over the last 1 and half years or so. He rocks! As a leader for younsters, and even oldies (like me) need to wake up and learn how to lead from this cool camper

  • venkatSan on August 27, 2008, 18:58 GMT

    Congratulations!!! to India on their confident series victory. It sound naive for Jamie Alter to belittle the victory by saying that the victory is helped by batting failure and low-key performances by Vass and Murali. I wonder, how he failed to think the same lines when the entire test team were in miserable form of their life. We must not fail to notice they way the team handled Mendis as the series progressed. Mending is being sorted out...beware Mendis..your honeymoon in the international cricket is fast coming to an end. I will be unsportive, If i fail to congratulate Vass for this 400 the ODI wicket and the consistent threat/performance of Jayawardene in this whole series.

  • willow_knights on August 27, 2008, 19:02 GMT

    The real captain always stands tall amidst tough situations when comes to dealing with humongous pressure and today MS Dhoni did just that,India rallied from 0-1 down in the series to win three games in a row is splendidly amazing.In all the three games the captain played a magnificent match winning role through his batting and proactive team combination.He is a gutsy captain and he always makes typical moves and decision. India entered 3rd ODI with four specialist bowlers leaving out pathan and it proved to be a master stroke by the captain as the pace bowling trio had set it magnificently thus knocking Srilanka out early in the chase.Dhoni always displayed tonnes of temperament,composure and played a huge role in India`s ODI success as under his leadership we witness young talent displaying maturity, skill and precision which is contributing to India`s success in the absence of senior players as they have done it in Australia.

  • India_will_win on August 27, 2008, 19:19 GMT

    Congratulations Team India and great job MS Dhoni for leading from the front. Had India lost this match and the series the same writer would be pointing out shortcomings in Dhoni's captaincy. No doubt his batting has been very responsible since he has been a captain and has played a huge role in India's success in this series. Dhoni's decision of not playing in Test series still can not be justified. It was to the BCCI to schedule Test Series at a time when player dont feel exhausted. By opting out of the Test series Dhoni set a negative example. Had Harbhajan Singh or Ishant Sharma or Virender Sehwag, the heroes of Indian Victory in 2nd Test opted not to play in this series, Sri Lanka would have won by 3-0 instead of 2-1. Due to Dhoni's not playing India lost an efficient batsman and an able wicket-keeper and the mistakes made by his replacements, Dinesh Kaarthik and Paarthiv Patel cost India crucial wickets and thus series. That's history now that India has won it's time to cheer!

  • kris_vijay on August 27, 2008, 19:26 GMT

    Dhoni has done it again. He did it in Australia by winning the CB series after losing that controversial test series. He has done it again, now in Srilanka. And the striking factor is, both these victories were away from home which certainly is sweeter. But, the whole team deserves the credit. The way Zaheer bowled through out the series, the way other bowlers supported and the enthusiasm shown by the Indians on the field have to be admired. Its not to be forgotten that, we missed Sehwag and Sachin before the start of the series and Gautam and Yuvi were just a shadow of their self. These 4 batsmen are important members of 'Team India'. Right now we can forget everything and enjoy the moment. Congratulations to Team India and hats off to Dhoni!!!