India captain MS Dhoni took the positives from the heart-breaking 3-run loss and said without masters brilliant 175 knock( 141-ball), which was studded with 19 fours and four sixes. It would not have been possible to come so close to the massive 351 run mark set by Australia.

Sachin Tendulkar played very well and he was one man who brought us close to a win. But even after he left we did not lose hopes till the end," said Dhoni.

Dhoni said though this was a special innings from the champion batsman, his personal favorite was the Desert Storm in Sharjah against Australia in April 1998.

"It was a pleasure to see him batting so well. All his centuries have been special and this too. But I am still a big fan of his desert storm (innings)," he said.

"We lost the mental aspect and not the cricketing part of the match. Chasing 350 was always going to be difficult even on this wicket which played very well," he said after India lost a heart-stopper to Australia to give the visitors a 2-3 lead in the seven-match series.

From now on "Every game is a pressure game. There will always be pressure," he said.


  1. Me n My Inner Self // November 5, 2009 at 3:07 PM  

    Yea... this was one of the best but my favourite too is 143 I believe against Aus.... Hittin Kasprovicz and Damien Fleming all over the places.... Feels great to witness this Living Legend