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Former players slam Dhoni's tactics

cricket Updated: Jun 15, 2009 15:08 IST

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'Captain Cool' until some time ago, Mahendra Singh Dhoni is in the line of fire now with former players on Monday questioning his tactics in the narrow loss to England, which led to India's shock exit from the Twenty20 World Cup.

Right from his decision to bowl first to sending Ravindra Jadeja up the order at number four ahead of Yuvraj Singh, former players slammed the 'gambles' taken by Dhoni in what was a do-or-die match on Sunday night.

Legendary spinner E A S Prasanna said compared to Jadeja, even Harbhajan Singh would have been a better choice for the number four position.

"In a crucial tie like this, Dhoni shouldn't have put England in after winning the toss, it was a mistake. I don't think our batting order was right. Sending Jadeja ahead of Yuvraj and Dhoni himself was a mistake. Even Harbhajan Singh could have given us the required thrust.

"We had the potential but the failure to handle pressure was the reason for our loss," he pointed out.

Former wicketkeeper Syed Kirmani echoed the sentiment, adding that India didn't have a suitable replacement for explosive opener Virender Sehwag, who was ruled out due to a shoulder injury.

"You have the talent and you are rated as favourites but this is what happens when you don't click. Sehwag's absence dented our prospects", he said.