We have been completely outplayed: Dhoni

Published: Sunday, August 14, 2011, 0:00 [IST]
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We have been completely outplayed: Dhoni

Birmingham, Aug 14: It took three crushing defeats for Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni to admit the overwhelming superiority of hosts England.

"The series never really went our way. Most of the sessions were won by them. More often than not, we were outplayed. We have been completely outplayed in the series so far," said a stoic Dhoni after losing the Test and the mantle of world''s best Test side at Edgbaston on Saturday.

Dhoni found fault with Indian batting more than the bowling though he admitted both the departments, as well as in the fielding, they haven''t been good so far.

"Our batting hasn''t clicked as it should have. We haven't been able to put on par score on the board. I am happy with the bowlers, in the first two games it was tough on them with just three bowlers.

"You have to be at your best when you are playing against top nations. The pressure all along kept mounting on us. If you are not able to get the opposition out because you are a bowler short, the pressure starts mounting. On top, of it England is a very good side."

The criticism against Indian batting has been their inability to come to terms with the seam and swing bowling of England. Despite playing three Tests, there is hardly any shred of evidence of improvement.

"To be yourself and slightly tune your batting needed for the conditions is what''s required. What we need to do is go out and enjoy? Not to think too critically of the batting is important. Not to worry too much about technique, how to change your game it's important not to get too critical."


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