Kedar Jadhav Saturday said batting with Mahendra Singh Dhoni is a learning experience after the duo led India to a six-wicket win over Australia in the first one-day international.
Jadhav, top-scoring with 81, and Dhoni, batting on 59, put on an unbeaten 141-run stand as the hosts achieved their target of 237 with 10 balls to spare in Hyderabad and take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.
The pair registered their second successive century stand against Australia in ODIs after India were in trouble at 99 for four with paceman Nathan Coulter Nile and leg-spinner Adam Zampa taking two wickets each.
"Recently in Australia, we put up a similar kind of chase. When you have Mahibhai (Dhoni)at the other end, you don't have to worry about a lot," Jadhav, who also took a wicket with his spin bowling, said after receiving the man of the match award.
"Nobody better than him in the middle to learn the game from. We are looking forward to every game, and we learn from our captain (Virat Kohli) that we need to keep our intensity up."
India's pace spearhead Mohammed Shami also made it count with figures of 2-44 to restrict Australia to 236 for seven after they elected to bat first.
SCORES IN BRIEF
AUSTRALIA: 236 for 7 in 50 overs (Khawaja 50, Stoinis 37, Maxwell 40, Carey 36 not out, Coulter-Nile 28; Shami 2-44, Bumrah 2-60, Yadav 2-46)
INDIA: 240 for 4 in 48.2 overs (Rohit 37, Kohli 44, Dhoni 59 not out, Kedar 81 not out; Coulter-Nile 2-46, Zampa 2-49)
Result: India won by 6 wickets.
Player of the match: Kedar Jadhav.