Mohali: India recorded a historic series-winning seven-wicket victory in Mohali on Sunday when they overcame a slight finishing stutter to reach home by six wickets to take a 3-0 lead against Australia, thereby answering back in style to their 4-0 whitewash in Australia last year. But skipper MS Dhoni says this win is not about any revenge.
"We don't think about revenge in sport," the Indian skipper said during the post-match presentation ceremony. "We have exploited the conditions well. Even the fast bowlers have done well despite conditions helping spinners. Jadeja's inclusion has helped. It meant we were playing with five specialist bowlers. We bowl 120-125 overs on an average to get teams out, so we get tired."
Dhoni also pointed out how crucial partnerships shaped India's third win on the trot against Australia - the first such instance in Indian cricket history. "It was one of the best batting exhibitions when it comes to batting in pairs, Vijay and Dhawan. The pitch got better to bat on a bit. There were foot marks, but I don't think it was alarming.
A file photo of India allrounder Ravindra Jadeja. (BCCI)
India's most successful Test skipper was also all praise for fast bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar whose three early wickets in Australia's second innings made it easier for Indian spinners to dominate. "Bhuvneshwar's wickets in the second innings helped us win the game. We may try a few things in Delhi but it is important to win all Tests," he said.
Meanwhile, Australia skipper Michael Clarke was happy with the fight his team showed to give India a scare in the dying moments on day five. "I think we showed character, but we have to give credit to India. The start that Dhawan and Vijay gave was outstanding, and all credit to them. The way we came out and fought with the ball today is amazing, but once again the Indian batters showed us that once you get in, you have to score big.
Having already lost the series, Clarke hoped that his team can fly back home with at least a win in the bag in Delhi. "We are disappointed, but hopefully we can finish on a high in Delhi. Over the past two years, we have been consistent at home, but not away from home. We continue to learn. There are some positives but there are certainly areas we can get better. I told the boys this morning that we can win the match. We always look for ways to win."