First hour or play changed the game: Dhoni

Being his classically jovial self, India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said he was unaware of what transpired with the pitch as 17 wickets tumbled on Saturday as the third and final Test against West Indies ended in a scintillating draw at the Wankhede Stadium.

India skipper MS Dhoni checks out the winner's trophy. Pic/Suresh KK

"Frankly, I really don't what happened. It started to turn in the morning. Till yesterday (Friday), everything was fine. It was among the flattest of wickets I have ever seen in my life. Something happened in the morning and suddenly the ball started to turn.

Most of us thought it will be a draw (at the start of the day), but it turned into a close game," he said, adding that the first session transformed the game. "It was important to get wickets in the first half and we were able to do that in the first hour. That really changed the game for us. We created a bit of panic and were able to put pressure on them."

For the record, West Indies lost eight wickets for just 53 runs in the morning session leaving India with 243 runs to get off 64 overs to win the series 3-0.

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