If we were to sit back and analyse what went wrong in Nagpur, the answer would be — everything. We have been outplayed by India on all fronts. It all began with Sehwag batting aggressively at the top. He gets the side off to such a start that the pressure on those following him comes down considerably. Dhoni batting until the end is never a good news for the opposition as he is such a fantastic finisher.
I know our decision to field first instead of setting a target will become a subject of discussion. But the pitch, which looked good for 100 overs, and the possibility of dew playing a role later in the night, influenced our decision. We thought that it would be hard to defend on the ground but the plan backfired.
Dhoni’s though was a great innings. Initially, he emphasised on building partnerships by pushing for the ones and twos in typical Dhoni fashion. We were desperately trying to get him out before the 40th over but we couldn’t, and instead, he got to us.
About Dhoni’s run-in with Mitchell Johnson, there was a bit of a collision, something that happens in a game. There was no issue as such and both players just got on with the game.
When we batted, the Indian bowlers did a very good job. The lights in Nagpur were excellent. And in any case, batting under lights is not different from batting in natural light, so there can’t be any excuses there.
The Indian pacers bowled with great control, got some movement and that set us back. When you are chasing so much, you need batsmen to come up with hundreds, but that didn’t happen that night. Now, we just have to put that game behind us and move on. The good thing is there is no time to think about what could have been, with the next match just two days away. We are just hoping that James Hopes and Brett Lee get fit soon for the next game.