Dhoni pleased by India showing

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Mahendra Singh Dhoni

Mahendra Singh Dhoni was delighted with the way his whole team contributed

India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni hailed his side's strong team effort throughout the series against England.

Dhoni said: "The conditions at Chennai and Mohali were tough for the fast bowlers but they took responsibility when needed.

"And the batsmen, whenever we needed a big partnership there was one.

"There were situations where we lost a few wickets but someone stood up and said, 'I'll be the person that takes the team through'. So, a very good team effort."

India's series victory lifts them up to second in the International Cricket Council's world rankings but Dhoni played down talk of them eventually taking over top spot.

He added: "We are just concentrating on preparation and execution of plans. Whatever comes we will take it with an open heart.

"Whether we are top of the chart, third or fourth position doesn't matter. We are enjoying the cricket we are playing. We are backing each other and enjoying each other's success. That is what is important."

Player of the series, Zaheer Khan, lamented the match being stopped at a draw, and believed India could have gone on to take the series 2-0.

"It would have been nice to get the full game here, it would have been an exciting game here at Chennai," he said.

"So you know we could have finished the game in same manner with the way we were bowling.

"It was unfortunate that it was sunny like it was today, as we didn't actually get to bowl in the first session, so maybe I would have enjoyed that."

Zaheer also added the result capped off a great year for cricket in India.

"I must say that the atmosphere in the squad is amazing and we're enjoying each other's company and each other's success," he continued.

"We have four batsmen who have scored more than 1,000 runs and we're working well as a bowling unit.

"It's been a great year for Indian cricket and we're enjoying every bit of it."

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