Indian skipper, Mahendra Singh Dhoni has urged his players to save themselves from fitness issues, and learn a lesson from their mistakes.
After an embarrassing defeat to Australia, the Men in Blue improved their game to seal a four-wicket win against Sri Lanka in the second game of the triangular series.
Dhoni drew attentions towards Virat Kohli’s fitness problem during his fantastic 77-run-innings. In the later part of his knock, the classy right-hander was struggling with cramps, which also became the reason of his run out.
The skipper advised his teammates to avoid injuries, and improve their fitness level to stay good at the highest level of the sport.
"You do not get a runner nowadays. You have to learn from mistakes and ensure that you do not get cramps. But it happens. You have to be ready for these circumstances. You have to hydrate yourself well overnight and during the game," said the Indian captain.
Meanwhile, Dhoni admired Ravi Ashwin for his superb all-round performance against the islanders. After scalping three wickets, the off-spinner displayed an even better show with the bat. He smashed an aggressive 30-run-innings to help India chase the target
of 234 with 20 balls to spare.
“I always smile whether we are winning or losing, it is good to be on the winning side. Bowlers did really well. Praveen Kumar had an off day today and so Ashwin had to bowl out of his comfort zone in the Powerplays and the slog overs. He bowled well and
batted well when we chased. We have confidence in Ravindra Jadeja to bat at number seven and he also bowled well," added the wicket-keeper batsman.
Dhoni admitted that it is quite difficult to pump up team’s morale after a humiliating Test loss, but assured that the guys will get to their best sooner than later.
“It is difficult task but if each player does his work it becomes easier. We tried to improve upon the mistakes we committed in the last match and we also will improve upon the mistakes committed today," he told reporters on Wednesday.