Speaking about his 85-run associations each with Warner and Yuvraj, Dhawan said the second one was a crucial one, considering Mumbai Indians's attempted fightback with the ball. "It was very crucial for us to build a partnership. So that was our aim when we lost two quick wickets. That's why we took a bit of time and made the game a bit slow for a few overs," Dhawan told the media.
"Once Yuvi paaji [Yuvraj Singh] was also set, we knew that we have to change the gears and get going. Yuvi paaji played amazingly well and the way he was striking the ball, especially (considering) he is coming back after injury, he was middling the ball really nicely. I was telling someone the other day also that hopefully he will strike big for us and he did today. Of course, that made a huge difference to reach our total," said Dhawan.
"He is leading from the front and specially in first six overs, he has been the aggressor for our side. That gives us time to settle on the wicket and help us with whatever our team goals we would like to achieve. (It is) always good when captain leads from the front. He brings great energy on the field, especially as he is one of the best fielders too. So he is covering all the areas and strategy-wise with experience he has got much better. Things are working quite well for us."
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