"If you look at the first two Tests, we were left with three bowlers. If your bowling starts looking weak, the pressure piles up on batsmen. You cannot carry a team consistently on just one department.
"If Zaheer was there in the first Test and we could have pressed advantage in the second innings instead of relying on part-timers. It could have looked different. But it's important what we did. There is no point in sulking," Dhoni said.
Dhoni, however, said that his side would not be thinking for revenge when England tour India next month to play five one-day matches.
"You should not have such a feeling. If you have revenge in your mind, you become desperate and start putting pressure on the whole side. It's better to stick to basics," he said.
"We also would have to see how many of the 9-11 players who are injured are now fit and have played some matches. We have to see who all are available for selection."
Asked if he thought injured players should straightaway be allowed to get back into the side without having a few matches under their belt, he said, "It's tough. We have to exactly see what kind of injury it is.
"It is good if someone has some matches under his belt. But it's difficult because you need experience in a line-up. You try to balance it. You don’t want your bowling department to look completely fresh."