India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni apologised to the fans for the disappointing end to an otherwise successful one-day series against New Zealand, saying the team failed to maintain its high standard on Saturday.
The eight-wicket defeat in the fifth and final ODI could not prevent India from registering their first ever one-day series win in New Zealand but Dhoni had no qualms admitting that the team dished out a poor performance on Saturday.
"I would like to thank my team for playing good cricket through the series over the period of time but at the same time sorry to disappoint you guys in the last match. We could have done better," Dhoni said.
He also took the occasion to remind that the team played quality cricket in most of the matches and seemed optimistic that it can maintain the same standard in the three-match Test series starting March 18.
"We played good cricket and if we can do that in the Test series it will be great," Dhoni said.
His opposite number Daniel Vettori was relieved to have escaped a rout in the series and the Kiwi captain said he was now looking forward to the Test matches.