I backed myself to go for it, says Dhoni in defence
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni defended his unsuccessful decision of not rotating strike in the last over against England in the Only T20 International, saying he 'backed himself to go for it'.cricket Updated: Sep 07, 2014 23:54 IST
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni defended his unsuccessful decision of not rotating strike in the last over against England in the Only T20 International, saying he "backed himself to go for it".
"The last couple of deliveries Rayudu (Ambati) didn't middle so I thought I will back myself to go for it," said Dhoni after the three-run loss which ended India's two-month tour of England. Dhoni twice refused the strike Rayudu in the 20th over of the innings.
Dhoni remained not out on 27 and Rayudu on three as India ended at 177 for five. England had posted 180 for seven in 20 overs.
India needed 17 runs off the final over and Dhoni admitted it was a tough task.
"In the last over, I missed at least two I could have hit over the boundary, it was a difficult task and one of those days when it didn't go our way. I thought I'm middling it, I have a good chance but it didn't pay off.
Talking about how the team played the one-off match, Dhoni said "Overall I thought the chase was good but we probably gave away too many runs in the latter overs but we bowled well in the middle. Shami is someone who does bowl yorkers but isn't consistent. But 180 was a score we should have got. There were quite a few excellent catches taken and that was the reason we kept them to 180.
India suffered a humiliating 1-3 loss in the five-match Test series before they did a revers in the ODI series.
"Overall it's a good tour for us, we came back strongly in the ODIs," Dhoni added.