MS DHONI wasn’t a happy man as he braced up the media following Zimbabwe’s upset win over India in the first T20 on Saturday. And while accepting some part of the responsibility for the defeat, he had some strong words about his expectations from the young team. Excerpts.
On the last ball
I felt the last ball was brilliant but that’s what my job is so maybe I am the person to finish the job, but at the same time, we kept losing wickets. Irrespective of the opposition, you have to be at your best. You can’t play with your reputation or playing XI that looks good on paper. I felt we were way off today, both in the bowling and the batting department.
On his bowlers letting up the pressure
Bowlers feel slightly more pressure when it comes to the Indian team because they’re representing India and also at lot of times what goes on in their minds is that they have to do well on a tour like this. Because if they don’t do well, they might not get a chance to play again.
On the IPL experience not coming through for his team
In the IPL, it doesn’t really matter. You can play your big shots. There’s no pressure of result. You say ok 14 games if you play five or six innings you will take the team through. Over here it is slightly different. That’s how you learn. But it’s not that you have to commit a mistake to learn. It’s still a learning curve for the youngsters, provided they are learning out of it.
On whether he was rusty with the bat
Even today I batted lower down. If I had to bat up, I could easily bat at 3 or 4 for this team. But what is important is for these youngsters to bat at that number because this is an opportunity for them. Kedar is batting at No.5 or somebody else is batting at that spot. What’s important is that they have to grab this opportunity. When it comes to the Indian team, we are looking for someone to bat down the order. Because our top-order looks more or less quite settled. Even if you put in a very good performance when it comes to the top-order they will find it very difficult to feature in the first XI.
On where the game was lost
Well, we lost wickets at points where we shouldn’t have. The reason being that at that point of time even a single would have done the job. Those were good overs. We had got runs and we were doing it quite nicely.