Dhoni failed to inspire India against England: Akram

Published: Wednesday, August 24, 2011, 0:00 [IST]
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Akram blames Dhoni for India's loss

London, Aug 24: Former Pakistan skipper Wasim Akram found Mahendra Singh Dhoni's demeanour hardly inspiring during the recently-concluded Test series and said the visitors 0-4 drubbing against England should act as an "eye-opener" for the Indian skipper.

Akram felt that Dhoni's poor batting show against an inspired England bowling attack also played a major role in India suffering their worst Test series defeat in the country since a 5-0 loss in 1959.

A pathetic India slumped to an innings and eight runs defeat in the fourth and final cricket Test at The Oval to give England a resounding 4-0 series win on Aug 22.

"His batting form is of great concern. In this series Dhoni repeatedly got out in the slips region. He may have got a couple of 70-plus scores in the third Test at Edgbaston, but what good are these runs when your opponent has amassed a 700-plus score?" Akram told Mobile ESPN.

Dhoni was out for three in the second innings on the fifth day when he slashed at a wide delivery from Stuart Broad and was caught at second slip.


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