Dhoni blames spinners for Team India's loss

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Updated: Monday, November 26, 2012, 15:19 [IST]
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Disappointed with our spinners: Dhoni

Mumbai, Nov 26: Team India skipper Dhoni, yet again blamed the team's spinners for not exploiting the conditions that assisted spin after his team's humiliating 10 wicket loss to England.


Having asked for turners from Day One, Dhoni's wishes were granted as the curators had designed a spin track at Wankhede which eventually became a spin trap for Team India, as they struggled and choked against Monty Panesar and Graeme Swann who claimed 19 wickets between them in the second Test at Mumbai.

"Definitely outplayed. Monty bowled really well. All get turn, but the pace he bowled at made sure that the batsmen were on the front foot. To some extent, yes I am disappointed with our spinners. We let England bat on the back foot. We could have brought them forward," a disappointed Dhoni said after his team's loss to England by 10 wickets.

Dhoni, disappointed with his team's bowling attack as spinners failed to restrict England to a lower total in the first innings, said the spinners could have performed better.

Harbhajan Singh, who returned to the Test side atfer a year, failed to create an impact as he finished with figures of 2/84 in the second Test, while Ashwin also claimed 2/167 which was disappointing on a track that assisted spinners from Day One.

Pragyan Ojha was quite successful in the first innings, as he claimed 5/143 but couldn't do much as they had just 56 runs to defend in the second innings.

After winning the first Test, Dhoni had asked for turners in the remaining matches of the series as BCCI also agreed to the skipper's demands which saw Mumbai offering a track assisted spin from Day One, but was disappointed with the team's performance as the conditions were exploited by English bowlers.

Dhoni lamenting about the team's bowling performance also congratulated the opponents for registering a 10-wicket win against India at home, and said that the remaining matches of the series would be very close.

"When two best sides are playing, series are close. It will be a test of character in the two coming games," he said, hoping for a change in the coming matches.


Story first published:  Monday, November 26, 2012, 13:11 [IST]
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