Dhoni backs seniors after Perth loss

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Published: Sunday, January 15, 2012, 11:45 [IST]
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Seniors get Dhoni backing

Perth, Jan 15: Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni backed his senior batsmen after another humiliating Test loss in Perth on Sunday. India lost by an innings and 37 runs against Australia and surrendered the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.

It was the seventh consecutive loss overseas for India after having lost 0-4 to England last year. Australia lead 3-0 with the final Test to be played in Adelaide from January 24.

India's batting has come a cropper match after match from the first Test in Melbourne. This was their second straight innings defeat against the home team. Australia had won by an innings and 68 runs in Sydney in the second Test. In Perth, India failed to cross 200, bowled out for 161 and 171.

Dhoni, under pressure from former Indian cricketers and the media to drop veteran batsmen, defended his seniors in the post-match interview.

"Class is always there. They (seniors) have the experience, it's just in two back-to-back series that we have failed," said Dhoni.

None of the Indian batsmen have managed to score a century on the current tour. Young batsman Virat Kohli top scored in both innings for India in Perth. He scored 44 and 75.

"The Big Three" of Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman have so far had a quiet series.

Dhoni admitted that batting failure led to the defeat in Perth. He said: "The failure in the batting definitely hurt us."

The captain opined that the players had not adapted well which was the reason behind India's poor showing.

"What has happened in the last couple of series, we have not adapted well to the conditions quickly enough. Winning in Adelaide is the only motivation we have now, the bowlers have shown they can take wickets, we need to put the runs on the board," he said.


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