Still he was able to get some (quick) turn. I think he was the one who had a big impact on the game," said Dhoni.
"If you compare all the other bowlers, most of them got the wickets but did not trouble the batsmen as much as Monty did, so I think a big credit goes to him. If you get performances like these the margin of defeats can be bigger."
Dhoni also added that in comparison to Panesar, India's spin trio of Pragyan Ojha, Ravichandran Ashwin and Harbhajan Singh bowled a bit too short.
The Indian skipper appreciated the efforts of the batsmen -- Cheteshwar Pujara, Alastair Cook and Kevin Pietersen – all of whom batted well on a track that was assisting the bowlers.
"Credit goes to Pujara from our side who batted really well (in making 135 in the first innings). And Pietersen and Cook batted really well, played off the back-foot really well.
I wish we (our bowlers) could have been a bit fuller and asked them to drive a bit more.
"We also tried to bowl fast but did not get the same sort of purchase from the wicket as Monty got. The way he bowled put a lot of pressure on the batsmen and he did not give us anything easy to score off.
"The thing we could have done slightly better is let them drive a bit more than what we did because if you bowl short on a wicket that has a bit of bounce you (batsmen) get more time especially if you bowl slow," explained Dhoni.
Dhoni said barring Pietersen and Cook, there was not much difference between the two teams in the batting department.
"Pietersen and Cook batted really well, but apart from that both the scorecards resembled each other, one or two big innings and the rest all phone numbers....9, 8, 3, 5 or something like that. It (batting) will be tough if you play on wickets like this but that's what Test cricket is all about."
Applauding the Wankhede track, Dhoni said such wickets test the batsmen's skills.
"As far as turning tracks go this was a very good wicket.
Test matches should be held on such wickets as the toss does not become a vital factor. The wicket was turning from day one and both the teams have equal chance and the toss' importance becomes minimal."
Dhoni defended his team's star-studded batting line-up, which collapsed for 142 in the