So that's it. A good warm-up game for both teams. People came out in their numbers to witness Dhoni's final moments as India's ringmaster and it made for a great atmosphere at the Brabourne. But a solid performance from England spoiled his party. That's how it goes. The 3-match ODI series kicks off in Pune on Sunday. Join us then. For now, it's goodbye!
Rayudu: It was really tough. Six months out of the game is frustrating. Happy that I had a good knock. I was just hoping to react to the ball, not thinking too much. It's very emotional. I personally feel he [Dhoni] is the best captain India has ever had. Very happy that I could score a hundred in his last game as captain. He's a living legend. I was just watching him, even today he was emotionless. As cool as ever. I'm teary eyed right now. Best part about Dhoni is that he keeps things simple. No panic. He helps youngsters and people like me to build our cricket.
Sam Billings: 'It was a good start, we just want to win every game we play. It was a great start, everyone chipped in, good start to hopefully a good tour. We have come in with a fresh mind, many of them have come from Australia. We have played some fantastic one day cricket in the last year, looking forward to this series. Playing in the IPL really helped, once you get comfortable in these conditions, batting becomes easy. Buttler and Dawson helped me a lot. MS is a hero, not just in India, but everywhere else, looking forward to the next warm-up game.'
So, that's it for Dhoni as captain of an Indian team. He ends with a loss - but that doesn't mar his credentials. Good work-out for the England batsmen, most of them got a good hit and spent valuable time in the middle. They were tested by a couple of very good and very young Indian spinners, that should hold them in good stead when the real test starts on Sunday. For the record, England beat India 'A' by 3 wickets.
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