I don't want to see this wicket again: Dhoni on Motera track

MS Dhoni

"That's their strength. They need to back their strength. I think it was the right decision. They have a very good bowling attack. You can say this was one off day for them. They have the right kind of talent. Swann is one of the best off-spinners in the world," Dhoni said.

"Maybe they were a bit disheartened by seeing the lack of bounce. When you come from England where the keeper collects the ball at a good height and you play here, where the ball goes to the keeper in two bounces, it's a bit discouraging."

He also praised Cheteshwar Pujara who secured the man of the match award for his unbeaten stints of 206 and 41 in the two innings.

"He's very calm and cool. He knows his role. He accepts responsibility, which is very important. After scoring 200-odd runs he was not shy to stand at short-leg.

"It would have been easy for him to say he was not feeling 100 per cent to stand at short leg, but he was there. He has the temperament to play big innings. Plenty of positives. He just needs to keep doing the things he's doing," said the India wicketkeeper.

Dhoni conceded the team was mulling not to enforce the follow on as the wicket had slowed down and his bowlers needed rest but went ahead and asked England to bat again.

"There was a thought to bat two sessions. We all knew that the wicket was slowing. Which meant it would've been good to give the bowlers a bit of rest and then come back and look to attack. We went for the easy option of making them follow on," he said.

Dhoni said there was no concern about Yuvraj Singh's fitness, being on the field for more than two days so soon after recovering from cancer only a few months ago.

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