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Posted on Nov 19, 03:26PM | IBNS
Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was all praise for young batsmen Chetshwar Pujara, who scored a fine 206 in the first innings, as India completed a nine-wicket win over Ahmedabad at the Sardar Patel Stadium in Motera here on Monday.
"It was a fantastic game for Pujara. He has the temperament to play big innings and has shown that on the domestic circuit. He makes sure he converts fifties to hundreds," said Dhoni.
Pujara, Man of the Match, said he was enjoying his role in the team after staying out for a year.
"The ball was coming nicely onto the bat. There was turn, but it was slow. As a team we knew we had to put up 500-plus and I had to hang around to play my role. In the second innings the ball was hard and I had a lot of confidence. I was out for almost a year and since I'm back I'm enjoying it," he said.
The India captain also lauded left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha, who had a match haul of nine for 165 runs.
"Ojha looks to bowl tight and he knew it was up to him to take responsibility," he said.
Dhoni said the Motera track didn't offer much turn but kept low that made the life tough for the spinners.
"There was something in the wicket to start with but as the game progressed there was low bounce but not much turn. It was hardwork for the spinners and it was a fantastic effort from them. Even if you misjudged the flight you had time to adjust and not much carried to the slips. It was important not to give many runs," he said.
England captain Alastair Cook was happy with the way his team fought back in the second innings.
"We can look at a number of reasons why we didn't win, but our first innings wasn't good enough. It was a great fightback, there was a glimmer of hope, but it always had to be something special. We'll work hard going into Mumbai.
"The pitch got slower as the game went on. We need runs in the first innings, they are crucial, and we need to keep working as hard as we can," he said.