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Dhoni to be blamed for India's ouster, not rain: Chetan Sharma
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New Delhi, October 03, 2012
First Published: 15:43 IST(3/10/2012)
Last Updated: 15:46 IST(3/10/2012)

Former pacer Chetan Sharma on Wednesday held captain Mahender Singh Dhoni's selection policy responsible for the team's early ouster from the ongoing ICC World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka.

"I think the entire team should not be blamed for the exit. Only Dhoni is to be blamed. He should accept his responsibility and stop blaming rain (for India's ouster)," Sharma said about Dhoni's excuse following the heavy defeat against Australia in their first Super Eights game.

Sharma was aghast with Dhoni's decision to leave experienced off-spinner Harbhajan Singh out of the crucial Super Eights match against South Africa on Tuesday.

"Seeing Harbhajan not playing such an important match was shocking and depressing as well. A bowler who has over 400 Test wickets shouldn't have been left out of the team," he said.

"If his horses for courses policy is to be implemented then Harbhajan should have made it into the team," Sharma said during the launch of Coca Cola's Under-16 cricket tournament in Delhi.

India beat South Africa by a solitary run in Colombo on Tuesday but still they failed to qualify for the semi-finals due to Pakistan's superior run-rate, courtesy their crushing nine-wicket loss against Australia.

And after India's elimination from the World Twenty20 on Tuesday night, Dhoni had once again blamed the short rain intervention against Australia as one of the reasons for their early departure from the event.


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t20 fixtures

Match Date Time Teams
1st 19/09/2012 10:00 GMT | 15:30 IST AUS vs IRE
2nd 19/09/2012 14:00 GMT | 19:30 IST AFG vs IND
3rd 20/09/2012 14:00 GMT | 19:30 IST SA vs ZIM
4th 21/09/2012 10:00 GMT | 15:30 IST NZ vs BAN
5th 21/09/2012 14:00 GMT | 19:30 IST AFG vs ENG

t20 standings

Team MP MW ML MT NR NRR Pts
Chennai Super Kings 4 2 2 0 0 -0.049 8
Sri Lanka 3 3 0 0 0 +0.998 6
Kolkata Knight Riders 4 1 2 0 1 +0.488 6
Perth Scorchers 4 1 2 0 1 -0.474 6
Auckland Aces 4 1 2 0 1 -0.963 6
Australia 3 2 1 0 0 +0.464 4
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