Dhoni blasts non-performing bowlers, says can't be 'spoon-fed'
Mohali, October 19, 2013
First Published: 23:01 IST(19/10/2013)
Last Updated: 01:56 IST(20/10/2013)
A disappointed Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni did some plain talking directed at his non-performing bowlers, saying that international cricketers need not be "spoonfed". He said they should bowl at their strengths and not bleed runs.
"I think the last few overs were disappointing, it is an area of concern and it is getting worse. There was a bit of dew but not like in the last game. The individuals will have to step up, they have to come up with their plans and back their strength," he said after after India lost the third ODI by four wickets from a winning position.
It was not difficult to find out to whom Dhoni was directing his comments, as his pacers have been struggling in the three matches so far in the ODI series.
Out-of-form Ishant Sharma gave away 30 runs today in the 48th over to turn the tide in Australia's favour.
"You don't need to spoon-feed bowlers at the international level. You need to come up with your plan, focus on your strength and execute your plans," he said when asked if he had given any specific direction to his bowlers.
Asked further about his bowling woes, especially in the death overs, he said, "We started well, Jadeja bowled really well in the middle overs. Also, we need more from the part-timers."
He also said that his side could have batted better on a good track at the PCA Stadium.
"I think we could have batted better, on a track like this. We were fortunate to get beyond 300, looked like we would get around 250," said Dhoni who took India's score to 303 for nine after the home side were reduced to 76 for four in the 13th over.