Time for Dhoni to take the blame for India's loss?

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Updated: Thursday, December 13, 2012, 15:55 [IST]
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Mumbai, Nov 26: Loss to England in England and humiliation in Mumbai was no different as Team India registered yet another loss, which suggested that the team should not be over confident as England have taught them a lesson at Wankhede.

Having asked for turners at Wankhede, the decision came in as a blessing in disguise for England, as they exploited the conditions to the maximum extent while Indians looked helpless as they were bundled out for 142 in the second innings.

Dhoni to be blamed for India's loss?

Dhoni blames spinners for Team India's loss

Who was responsible for Team India's 10-wicket loss to England? Was it Dhoni, as he asked for turners from Day One, or spinners' fault, or was it due to a batting collapse in the second innings?

The entire team needs to take the responsibility as they were totally outplayed by the visitors.

Were Dhoni's men over confident of their strenghts and assumed that England would falter again against spin?

Did Dhoni ever think that he was just the captain of the team, who is not bothered about his form or contribution and blame the pitch or others for the team's loss and defend himself?

Dhoni averages 13.33 in the series, having collected 40 runs off two matches, with a highest score of 29. His scores of 5, 29, 6 suggest that the skipper is totally out-of-form.

While he has secured 296 runs off 10 innings (6 Matches) in 2012, averaging 37 in Tests, has not created an impact as India has been struggling throughout the year.

A dismal show in 2012, followed by Test series losses to England, Australia, early ouster from Asia Cup, CB Series, ICC World T20, Dhoni has not been able to repeat the magic by winning matches for India as the golden era has come to an end.

His performance cannot be judged as he comes in to bat down the order, which helps Dhoni defend himself, but that doesn't mean he can come up with a reason everytime India loses.

Having criticised the pitch many a times, the skipper has started blaming his spinners for the team's loss, which is true to a certain extent but could have played well in the second innings to help India set a decent target.


Story first published:  Monday, November 26, 2012, 15:06 [IST]
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