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Dhoni rues irresponsible batting, six-hitting temptation

cricket Updated: Feb 25, 2009 16:14 IST

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India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni flayed the irresponsible batting by his teammates and felt the temptation of hitting sixes in a small ground did them in against New Zealand in the first Twenty20 Internationals in Christchurch on Wednesday.

In a match where 24 sixes new record for a Twenty20 International were hit, none of the Indian batsmen, barring the possible exception of Suresh Raina (61), showed any application, which annoyed Dhoni.

The Indian captain said the team was in unnecessary hurry and there was a lack of responsibility among the batsmen.

"We failed to realise that it's a 20 over game. At times people think there is not enough overs but it's a decently long game," Dhoni said.

"We failed as a team on Wednesday. Nobody took the responsibility to stay in the middle, especially when we lost 2-3 quick wickets. Somebody should have stayed there, knocking the ball in Christchurch and there.

"It's important to have wickets in hand so that you can capitalise on the last five overs. It was a learning experience for us," he added.

Warning teammates against taking things lightly, Dhoni said, "You just cannot go through the motions. A batsman hitting the ball nicely doesn't mean I too would go out and try the same."