“If you compare the Australia series (and look) at the kind of death bowling we did today... even if we were missing the yorkers, it was not by much. They were ending up as low full tosses and that is a big improvement for us,” he said after the match.
Dhoni also praised his bowlers for restricting West Indies to 263. “Once you win the toss and field, it is important to restrict the opponents. We bowled well, but were unlucky, some edges did not carry… there were lots of play-and-misses.
Two hundred and eighty becomes quite a big score. I felt it was not a normal Kanpur wicket, it was much better to bat on. That is why 260 seemed a below par score,” he said.
Meanwhile, West Indies skipper Bravo blamed his bowlers’ inconsistent performance for the loss. “The average score on this wicket is 230-235, but we did really well to get to 260-plus.
But the wicket did get better to bat in the afternoon and the strong Indian line-up got a very good start. We were outplayed with the bat and we need to give credit where it is due,” Bravo said at the post-match press conference.
“At times we were inconsistent with the ball and we paid for it. We did a lot of things right, but unfortunately just didn’t win the game. We are disappointed because this was our best opportunity to win a series in India,” he added.
The number of Man of the Match awards won by Shikhar Dhawan in 28 ODIs.
The number of Man of the Series award bagged by Virat Kohli in his career of 122 ODIs.
The number of victories registered by India out of 31 ODIs in this calendar year. India’s record for the most number of victories in a year is 24 in 1998.