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A victory is like winning a million verbal duels: Dhoni

“A victory is like winning a million verbal duels,”, India’s ODI captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has said, summing up his team’s recent victory over Australia in the tri-series championship marked by verbal attacks by some Australian players against Harbhajan Singh and others.

“We gave it back to them, and how !” he was quoted as saying in the latest edition of ‘Tehelka’ magazine.

Dhoni said he had refrained from giving any reaction to the Australian provocations as he knew his team could put it across the world champions.

“I believe in action more than words. I was repeatedly hounded by Indian reporters, who wanted my reaction on repeated insinuations by some top members of the Australian team. But I said nothing. The best answer is your performance”, he said.

“I knew we would win and hence, refrained from reacting. I knew we would give it back to them at an appropriate time”.

Asked how he felt to actually see his hero Adam Gilchrist retire during the series, Dhoni said “I felt sad, really sad. But then, I also felt happy because he would be a part of the IPL and we will have more of this legendary cricketer. He is not finished yet”.

The Jharkhand wicket-keeper batsman, who played a key role in the team’s historic triumph Down Under, said he missed home food and his two pet dogs during the long tour.

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