Dhoni: 'Fantastic performance by fast bowlers'

"Hardik (Pandya) exploited the good length and Umesh (Yadav) is somebody who has been quite quick consistently [...] (Jasprit) Bumrah is very good in the middle overs," said Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

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Mahendra Singh Dhoni reiterated on finding the right combination for the Champions Trophy.   -  AP

It isn't often that India's new-ball bowlers corner all glory in a victory but with debutant Hardik Pandya and Umesh Yadav doing the maximum damage against New Zealand here on Sunday, captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was effusive in his praise.



Dhoni's post-match comments
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“It was a fantastic performance from the fast bowlers. We had no clue it would help them. Hardik exploited the good length and Umesh is somebody who has been quite quick consistently, he has gone from fit to one of the fittest. Bumrah is very good in the middle overs, he can get me wickets then and also at death so wanted to save his overs, I can use him any time.

“Hardik is deceptive, he bowls big and he's got movement and can get purchase off the pitch so wanted to give him a chance to exploit the new ball. Umesh bowled good lines and has been bowling in the right areas. It's a good opportunity to showcase his talent. Not just him, but all fast bowlers, it's good to see Indian bowlers who who can bowl quick,” Dhoni said, reiterating that all trials were to find the right combination for the Champions Trophy.

His New Zealand counterpart, Kane Williamson, said that the first 10 overs changed the game. “We had to weather the storm a little bit, the first 10 overs they bowled really well and there were some soft dismissals, we lost too many wickets too early. The pitch was a little up and down with sideways movement. India were too good and we were below par in all areas, we need to step up," he said.