Ind vs Aus: In spectacular meltdown, MS Dhoni tries to pick positives

MS Dhoni took the responsibility for the 25-run loss in the fourth ODI against Australia in Canberra.

By: PTI | Canberra | Updated: January 21, 2016 2:15 pm
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A dejected Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni took the blame for the team’s astonishing 25-run defeat against Australia on Wednesday but surprisingly tried to pick “positives” from the debacle in which the last 9 wickets fell for a mere 46 runs. (REPORT: India lose 4th ODI)

“It was my wicket (the turning point of the match) because that is my role in the team to make sure that we finish off the game from that position. We lost quite a few wickets there but mainly it was my wicket, according to role and responsibility in the side,” Dhoni owned up the responsibility after India snatched defeat from jaws of victory.

But the most surprising aspect was skipper trying to harp on the positives.

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“We are definitely disappointed, but you want to take the positives. If we could have batted better than we did after I lost my wicket, this game could have gotten over in 46th or 47th over. You look at it that way. And I feel there were a lot of positives in today’s game, especially in the batting department. Rohit’s knock gave the opening push and the next partnership between Virat (Kohli) and Shikhar (Dhawan) was fantastic,” skipper said in defence of his team.

“It all depends on how you want to take it. After the first three losses, people were saying it was difficult to come back, but in this game we came back really well. It also gave a glimpse of what you see in the T20s, a lot of flamboyant cricket,” he said.

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He admitted that Rahane’s webbing injury was a factor.

“Yes, Rahane’s injury was also a factor. He had a few stitches and he had taken local anesthesia, so we had to wait and push him down the order until he got some kind of feeling back in his hand. Then only he could bat,” said the skipper.

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Some of the youngsters like Rishi Dhawan, Gurkeerat Singh Mann were out playing poor shots but Dhoni defended the duo.

“That’s what pressure does to you. A few of them haven’t played a lot of international cricket. With time, they will realise that they have to build a partnership and once you get used to the pace and bounce of the wicket, you play the big shots.

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“It’s only a first few games they have played and for the first time in their career, they were under some kind of pressure so hopefully they are learning,” he had some comforting words for the juniors.

Dhoni also singled out Ravindra Jadeja for criticism as the all-rounder didn’t really rotate the strike enough whilst batting with the lower order.

“He is among the most experienced among the lower-order batsmen, so you have to communicate. It is not only about your batting. You also have to tell the people who are batting with you what the bowler may be doing at that time and what the batsmen should be looking at.

“So a bit more communication will definitely help. I don’t think he is someone who really speaks a lot. So that’s also to be taken into account,” said the skipper.

Once again the bowlers faced flack for giving away 348 runs in the first innings, a tall order under any circumstance. Ravichandran Ashwin being left out from the playing eleven also stuck as a sore point.

“Yes, Ashwin has not played, but we will see the wickets and what is on offer and accordingly, we’ll decide the playing eleven. Rishi Dhawan came in his place and I felt he has done a decent job in the middle-overs.

“You had to play the big shot against him, which means that the batsmen will have to take that extra chance. He’s done reasonably well so far,” the skipper said.

“The bowlers will have to work on their strengths and weaknesses and according to the strength he has in the limited overs format, they have to be good at bowling yorkers. Whether he chooses not to and bowls back of length is something that will depend on scenario and wicket a lot and you need to have that ability to hit the yorkers a lot,” he signed off.

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    babita khute
    Jan 20, 2016 at 9:39 pm
    Dhoni should be sacked, run out of ideas and not playing what the game offered. In such situation Australians would have hammered for a win. It is only Dhawan, Kohli and Sharma. The middle order is exposed very badly. It is lambs waiting for slaughter. Like Australia, youngsers should be given opportunity only they have pla consistently well in the domestic, not one or two matches. Except Sran, the rest are useless and should be sacked wsomely
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      rajan luthra
      Jan 21, 2016 at 7:44 am
      While India picks positives, Oz bashing our team to pulp
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        Raul
        Jan 20, 2016 at 6:09 pm
        Hang in there, MSD ! Good to see him protecting and guiding the youngsters.
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          Shankar Bhandarkar
          Jan 22, 2016 at 8:15 am
          MS Dhoni need not resign, he has to be thrown out.. as soon as posible, this man it seems is above the hill, they just want to tour and earn... absolutely no sence at all....... They deserve to be booted.
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            Sunil Nair
            Jan 20, 2016 at 11:09 pm
            Dhoni, Please don't resign, you are just 5 loses away from most defeat as captain of India, and 30 more loses to the most loses as captain for any country.
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              Venkat
              Jan 20, 2016 at 9:51 pm
              Those who are criticizing the players of Indian team, do they realize that our players also deserve to make a decent living or only our politicians have the right to earn money? After the propaa by preessutes and western countries, who want to destroy Indian cricket, against IPL, Chavan, Chandilla, Sreesanth, Chennai Superkings, etc. where our players could make some money, now that a small source of income for our players is closed. Now when they are earning some money in international cricket by playing in Australia, all the jealous anti Indian people who do not want our players to bring home some hard earned foreign exchange and help Modiji's (both LaMoji and NaMo ji) plan to get foreign investment to Skill up India and Stand up India, have started attacking our team under the leadership of Dhoni, and outstanding ballers who can ball according to requirements like Umesh Yadav (who can also bat in the manner that the team management requires), and lower order batsmen like Jadeja who can pace the innings, and Kohli who is able to create lots of hope by making centuries at will and getting out at will too. This is the time all Indians and supporters of Indian team should see this great positive of generating jobs and income for India from our cricket matches, and the restrictions and attack on IPL and on the outside support structure for players in IPL.
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