Guwahati: Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni blamed his batsmen for the team's six-wicket loss to Australia in sixth ODI, saying they just did not take up the responsibility.
Electing to bat first, Indians were struggling at 27/5 at the end of ten overs.
Losing five wickets in 10 overs made the difference, he felt. "Well, 27/5 was a bit too much. If we had lost may be one or two wickets it would have been okay because you had the chance of getting back. We have a seventh batsman and Harbhajan and Praveen can contribute to a certain extent.
"It was difficult to come back after that. Even 150 looked tough and we were fortunate to cross the mark," Dhoni admitted.
He came down heavily on the batsmen again and didn't spare the bowlers, too.
I think we are lacking consistency in our batting. We haven't backed the opportunities that we have got. Majority of the batsmen haven't contributed at the same time. In games where our top-order failed to perform, the middle order also didn't bat well.
"I won't blame the bowlers too much as the conditions were favourable for the batsmen. Still they could have done a fraction better."
Ricky Ponting was a happy man. "It's really satisfying when the so-called younger guys really pop their chest and become part of a successful team. Full credit to them."
He admitted that he also may have batted had he won the toss. "I also would have opted to bat this morning...I don't think it was a 27/5 wicket. Our bowlers did a great job. We used the new ball very well. We made the most of whatever was there."