Dhoni blames batsmen for series loss

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Published: Monday, December 17, 2012, 17:32 [IST]
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Nagpur, Dec 17: India captain MS Dhoni has put the blame on batsmen for Test series defeat against England. After the fourth and final Test ended in a draw in Nagpur on Monday, England were the winners of the series with 2-1 verdict. The tourists had won in Mumbai and Kolkata after losing the first Test in Ahmedabad.

Speaking at the post-match presentation with Ravi Shastri, Dhoni said: "I think we struggled in the batting and fast bowling but our spinners were on the mark. The difference between the two bowling sides was James Anderson, he bowled really well on all the four occasions."

Dhoni blames batsmen for series loss

"Most of the other fast bowlers looked quite average but he was the one who tested the batsmen quite often. I think the credit goes to him, there was not much support for fast bowlers on a track like this. But apart from that, I think the batsmen have to take the responsibility of not putting enough runs on the board," he added.

This was first home Test series loss for India in 8 years and also first under Dhoni's captaincy. With this win, England ended 27-year wait. They had beaten India in India in 1985.

According to Dhoni, England handled pressure better in the four-match series.

"If you are playing on tracks that turn from the very first day, then you have to be at your best because if you commit one or two mistakes, you may be the side that will have to take the pressure. I think they (England) handled the pressure well, they batted well in Mumbai and were well supported by Kevin Pietersen. So, I believe that a session like those really matters. Two sessions or fours hours of play can make a major difference and that's what happened in the series," he said.


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