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Dhoni says 'sorry' to Indian fans

Published: Monday, June 15, 2009, 12:44 [IST]
 
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Dhoni apologises for India's debacle

London: After the humiliating  exit from T20 World cup,  demoralised Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni 'apologised' to the fans for the team's poor show.

India suffered an early exit from the T20 World Cup after suffering defeats against the hosts England and West Indies in the Super Eight Round.

There is no excuse for the poor performance which has really disappointed the nation and I can only apologise to public for that," said Dhoni after India's humiliating defeat to England.

We are more disappointed (than you) and we respect the emotions of our fans and the country. We gave our best and we say that with an open heart, we have nothing to hide. But the next Twenty20 world cup is coming again in nine months and we would have an opportunity of proving ourselves," said a dejected Dhoni

India could beat just Bangladesh and Ireland in this tournament, while they lost to West Indies and England to crash out of the World Cup

Dhoni admitted that sending Jadeja ahead of in-form Yuvraj was the biggest blunter on his part and it was this decision which ultimately led to India losing the match by three runs to crash out of the tournament.

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"Sometimes you don't know what would happen. We thought Jadeja could stabilise the innings as well as go after the bowling. He did try but somehow he always found the fielders. It was unfortunate it didn't work for us. We needed somebody to play percentage cricket at that stage."

Dhoni, however, defended his decision to include Jadeja in the playing eleven in place of Pragyan Ojha, as well as his opting to field after winning the toss.

"We were looking at a combination in which our batting could be lengthened. We need lower order bats to contribute. Ojha may be a better bowler but Jadeja is an excellent fielder and both bat and bowl well. It also encourages us to include an extra fast bowler," he said.

"As for fielding first, we realised that under lights the wicket became better for batting."

The India captain blamed his batsmen responsible for the team's loss and said there cannot be any excuse for their failure to chase down a modest target of 154.

"We failed in batting. If the opposition scores 153 and you cannot achieve that on a track like this, I don't think there can be any excuse. You just cannot explain that," Dhoni curtly said.

"We lost simply because we did not bat well. I'm rather happy with the performance of the bowlers," he added.

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