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HindustanTimes Sat,20 Sep 2014
Injury played huge part in England debacle: Dhoni
PTI
Cardiff, September 17, 2011
First Published: 07:55 IST(17/9/2011)
Last Updated: 08:10 IST(17/9/2011)
Mahendra Singh Dhoni hits a ball from England's Graeme Swann during their one day international cricket match at the Oval cricket ground, London.

India suffered a humiliating whitewash in both Test and One-Day series in their disastrous England tour but captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said that injury to several key team members played a huge part in the debacle.

"I have not seen so many injuries in the last five years. To see 9-11 players get injured in one series has been shocking. In the ODI series we also did not have luck," he said at the press conference after India lost the fifth and final ODI by six wickets in Cardiff.

"If you look at the first two Tests, we were left with three bowlers. If your bowling starts looking weak, the pressure piles up on batsmen. You cannot carry a team consistently on just one department.

"If Zaheer was there in the first Test and we could have pressed advantage in the second innings instead of relying on part-timers. It could have looked different. But it's important what we did. There is no point in sulking," Dhoni said.

Dhoni, however, said that his side would not be thinking for revenge when England tour India next month to play five one-day matches.

"You should not have such a feeling. If you have revenge in your mind, you become desperate and start putting pressure on the whole side. It's better to stick to basics," he said.

"We also would have to see how many of the 9-11 players who are injured are now fit and have played some matches. We have to see who all are available for selection."

Asked if he thought injured players should straightaway be allowed to get back into the side without having a few matches under their belt, he said, "It's tough. We have to exactly see what kind of injury it is.

"It is good if someone has some matches under his belt. But it's difficult because you need experience in a line-up. You try to balance it. You don’t want your bowling department to look completely fresh."


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