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MS Dhoni Gets Man Of The Match After 10 Years

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| July 1 , 2017 , 12:51 IST

The former Indian captain MS Dhoni was given the man of the match award for his 78 of 79 balls as India won the match by 93-runs. This the first man of the match for Dhoni as a player after quitting captaincy.

“It’s like wine,” said Dhoni at the post-match presentation ceremony when asked if he is getting better with age.

Yesterday's game was one of the rare occasions where the top order failed to fire as Shikhar Dhawan was dismissed in the third over of the match and captain Virat Kohli departed in the 10th over after making just 11 runs. “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,” said Dhoni, “I think it was the nature of the wicket. Variable bounce, and at times the pace.”

Dhoni and Kedar played crucial knocks in the final 8 overs of the innings which helped India reach the 250 mark. “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.”

Kuldeep Yadav and Ashwin took three wickets in the West Indies innings as the hosts fell short of the target. “It was something the bowlers could defend, but they had to bowl well,” said the former India captain, “Kuldeep has played a lot of games, IPL, T20 format. 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.”