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Failed to click as a team, admits MS Dhoni

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Updated: Wednesday, October 3, 2012, 10:57 [IST]

We failed to click as a team: Dhoni

Colombo, Oct 3: Team India skipper MS Dhoni on Tuesday, admitted that his team did not perform well in all the departments of the game after the team crashed out of World T20.

India win but knocked out of World T20

Highlights: India-South Africa match

Despite India's one run victory, MS Dhoni's men crashed out of the tournament as they needed to win by 31 runs to make it to the semi finals.

"We failed to click as a team. Our batting, bowling and also fielding were patchy, brilliant at different times. But all the three departments of the game did not click together at a particular match. But overall I'm quite happy with how the team performed," said Dhoni.

Dhoni was also disappointed about India's early exit as he said the match against Australia was not under their control.

"If you take the Australia game out where the rain intervened, we performed brilliantly and can't have control over how other teams performed and how they impacted on our team," he said.

Moreover, he also admitted that quick wickets at the start of the innings hurt the team more, as they could have added a few more runs on the board.

"There were instances where we should have had 10-15 runs more on the board. We lost too many wickets early," he added.

Dhoni also said that top order failure was the main reason behind not posting big totals in the tournament, which saw the team exit early as they failed to qualify for the semifinals.

"We are team which capitalised on good starts. Often we are two or three down in the first 10 overs in this tournament. Because of that we could not capitalise after 15 overs and we ended up 10 to 15 runs less. We have some big hitters who can score 10 to 15 runs more than other teams at the end overs. But that did not happen," he lamented.

When asked Dhoni, about their strategy for South Africa and the reason for failure, he said "The plan was to get through the first six overs and then attack the South African batsmen.

"But once they were nearing 122, there was no point bringing your trump card upfront. After they crossed 122, we had to win the match and I brought Ashwin," he said.

Though the team lost the race to the semi-final the one-run victory over South Africa in the last Super Eights clash was convincing, as Balaji and Zaheer picked up 3 wickets each while Yuvraj claimed 2 wickets as Ashwin, Pathan grabbed a wicket each to bundle out Proteas to 151 in 19.5 overs.

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Story first published:  Wednesday, October 3, 2012, 10:20 [IST]

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