Bowling at death still a worry, says MS Dhoni

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Updated: Monday, January 28, 2013, 16:02 [IST]
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Bowling at death still a worry: Dhoni

Dharamsala, Jan 28: Team India skipper MS Dhoni on Sunday felt that the team was 30-35 runs short else could have fancied their chances against England in the fifth and final ODI played at Dharamsala.

Sent in to bat by England, India were tottering at 49/4 while Suresh Raina and Ravindra Jadejs helped the team post a decent 226 off 49.4 overs.

Despite India's seven-wicket loss to England in the final ODI, MS Dhoni's men retained the number one position in ODIs but Dhoni however rued lack of 30-35 runs for the loss.

"The ODI series was as tight as the Test series. We should have won this game, maybe we should have batted more sensibly. We were 30-35 runs short," Dhoni said at the post-match presentation.

Defending his teammates, Dhoni said "But it is a young side and it will learn with time."

Dhoni, however pointed out Indian bowlers' performance during death overs as they have been struggling to contain batsmen and restrict the run flow.

"Thankfully, in three games, we didn't have to bowl those death overs, it remains an area of concern.

"Today bowlers got some help, maybe they were a little short today. The bowlers did well this series because the conditions really helped them too. Ishant was a big positive, he bowled really well throughout the series, if you look spell by spell," he said.

Since Ravindra Jadeja has been performing well in the last couple of matches, Dhoni has found the all-rounder in the Saurashtra batsman.

"Fielding is a big positive. (Ravindra) Jadeja's form solves the all-rounder problem to an extent too," he added.


Story first published:  Monday, January 28, 2013, 11:16 [IST]
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