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‘A bit more effort would have helped’

cricket Updated: Jan 07, 2011 01:16 IST
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India captain MS Dhoni looked a satisfied man after securing a draw on the last day of the Test. "A target of 300-plus was always going to be very difficult to chase on the last day. We would have backed ourselves with the target being anywhere around 260 to 280. Anyways, I am happy we gave our best," he said.

He, however, said his team could have done something special if it had played better on two occasions. "I think the toss at Centurion was very crucial, but we could have shown a bit more application. Then, we failed to pick those four wickets here when we had South Africa down at 130-6. Had we managed to put in more effort here, the result could have looked very different," said Dhoni.

Dhoni also felt that India lost the advantage after winning the toss at Cape Town when they had to play on a wet outfield on the first day. "The ball got wet and the bowlers didn't get lateral movement. So, we sort of lost the advantage after winning the toss," he said.

Dhoni also didn't sound perturbed by the failure of Virender Sehwag in the series. "Nobody can guarantee performance. We can just prepare well, and he prepared as well as he could," said Dhoni.