"It becomes very difficult to make a strategy when you bat first. In any case defending 120 was a tough ask," he said after India defeated South Africa by one-run in their last Super Eights game last night but still failed to qualify for the semi-finals.
Dhoni was curt in his reply when asked whether too many changes in the batting order had an effect on the team's performance.
"No, I don't think so," he replied.
The skipper admitted that on flat tracks, his bowlers have found it difficult to deliver and that's been the reason for the team's repeated poor show in the last three editions of World T20.
"If one looks at the 2007 edition, we were playing in Durban which helped our seamers. Whatever total we put on, they were able to defend that. But when there is nothing in the wicket, they find it very difficult. That is the reason why I prefer a turning track or seaming track rather than flat tracks," Dhoni said.
When the inevitable question of overhaul in the team and dropping a few seniors -- Zaheer Khan and Virender Sehwag --was raised, Dhoni said: "This question is always asked when we don't do well. When we lost in Australia and England, the similar question was asked. Let's get real.