Ganguly blasts Dhoni, says India lost T20I because of captain

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Updated: Monday, September 8, 2014, 12:54 [IST]
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Ganguly blasts Dhoni for losing T20I

Birmingham, Sep 8: Former captain Sourav Ganguly has blasted India skipper MS Dhoni for the T20I loss against England on Sunday (September 7).

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Ganguly blamed Dhoni for the three-run defeat at Edgbaston yesterday. With 17 needed off the final over bowled by Chris Woakes, Dhoni refused two singles. India ended up on the losing side with 5 needed off the final ball.

In the post-match review show on "Star Sports", Ganguly put the blame on Dhoni for not backing his partner and debutant Ambati Rayudu.

"What MS Dhoni did today was not right," Ganguly said. He continued, "What MS Dhoni did was unacceptable. He lost the game for India." (Also read: Ganguly's 30-man Team India for World Cup)

In the post-match comments, Dhoni defended his move. "In the last over, I missed at least two I could have hit over the boundary, it was a difficult task and one of those days when it didn't go our way. I thought I'm middling it I have a good chance but it didn't pay off," said Dhoni.

Ganguly said Dhoni should have backed Rayudu, who is a specialist batsman.

"I would have played differently. I would have backed my batsmen," the former skpper said.

"He (MS Dhoni) is human. He will make mistakes. Sachin Tendulkar made mistakes, Viv (Richards) made mistakes," he explained.

The Kolkatan said the game was a great leveller. "He (Dhoni) has won games for India and lost as well. This game is a great leveller," Ganguly said.

India ended the long tour of England with T20I loss on Sunday. The debate over Dhoni's tactics in the final over are still continuing.


Story first published:  Monday, September 8, 2014, 9:54 [IST]
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