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Dhoni slams bowlers for conceding to many runs

Mahendra Singh Dhoni slammed his bowlers for conceding too any runs against Pakistan in their Champions Trophy opener and said if his side were to repeat today's listless performance they should pack up and go back home.

cricket Updated: Sep 27, 2009 03:17 IST

A furious Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni slammed his bowlers for conceding too any runs against Pakistan in their Champions Trophy opener and said if his side were to repeat today's listless performance they should pack up and go back home.

"We have to win both the matches against Australia and West Indies if we want to reach semifinals. From now onwards
it will be a knock-out tournament for us. If we don't improve in the next two matches it is better we pack up and go back home," he said in disgust after India's 54-run loss against the arch rivals.

Dhoni was clearly unhappy that his bowlers conceded so many runs towards the close of Pakistan innings and said he
felt three or four bowlers short today.

"In the first eight overs we bowled a bit short and gave away boundary balls. From 38th over till the 42nd if I am not wrong we gave away nearly 100 runs. That was crucial. I have never seen so many runs conceding off cut shot," he said.

"Frankly speaking, I was thinking in the middle that it was one of those days in which we fell short by three or four
bowlers. Thankfully, Ashish Nehra and Yusuf Pathan did their job," he added.

Dhoni though said till the 35th over when Suresh Raina and Rahul Dravid were going strong he thought the 303-run
target was gettable.