We are hunting in packs: Dhoni after ninth ODI win

February 6th, 2009 - 1:29 am ICT by IANS  

Colombo, Feb 5 (IANS) After winning the ninth consecutive One-day international here Thursday, Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said that his team was “hunting in packs” and was looking to make it 5-0 against Sri Lanka. India maintained their winning streak, beating Sri Lanka by 67 runs in the fourth One-day International at the Premadasa Stadium here Thursday. This was India’s ninth victory in a row in the ODI, the highest India have won under skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni - one better than under captains Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev, Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid.

“Happy with the ninth one in a row, but if we can add one more it will be great. It is a team sport and we want to enjoy as a unit. We are hunting in packs. That’s all what I can say right now,” Dhoni said.

Dhoni hit a 94 and surprisingly came out to bat at No.3. He said that he wanted to give himself a chance of batting at no 3 after a long time considering the team’s position in the series and the strong batting it has.

Mahela Jayawardene’s batsmen failed to keep the momentum, bowlers were not up to the task and the fielding abysmal.

“It is an uphill task. Credit goes to the Indians, they batted really well. One big partnership at the top between Dhoni and Gambhir made life difficult for us,” he said.

Conceding that the fielding had been “bit sloppy during the whole series” Mahela said that he wanted the team to improve a lot in that area, in addition to fine-tuning the bowling and batting as well.

Man-of-the Match, Gambhir said that he wanted to play a longer innings and with the team having won the series it was a better platform for him to do it here today.

“The kind of team we have, everybody is performing. So you need to be on your toes all the way through. That is what makes such a great team that we have now,” Gambhir said.

“I need to give a lot of credit to MS (Dhoni) for the kind of credit and confidence he gave me. It is very important for any cricketer. A lot of credit goes to the coach as well,” he said, adding that Garry Kirsten was one of the best coaches that India has ever got.

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