Don't think we batted well, says Dhoni
His decision to bat first backfired on Tuesday today as India were dismissed for a paltry 153 against England and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni put the blame on his batsmen for their nine-wicket loss at Brisbane.cricket Updated: Jan 20, 2015 16:03 IST
His decision to bat first backfired today as India were dismissed for a paltry 153 against England and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni put the blame on his batsmen for their nine-wicket loss in their second ODI of the cricket tri-series.
"I don't think we batted well, especially after choosing to bat," Dhoni said. James Anderson and Steven Finn snared 9 wickets together to set up the win for England at The Gabba.
"The wicket was a bit two-paced to start off and our batsmen did not really play well. We needed to build partnerships, but that did not happen.
"If a ball is there to hit, you should, but if it needs to be defended, you should watch out. By the time you need to accelerate, there aren't any wickets left," he said.
India have been in Australia for a long time and tri-series gives the team a chance to prepare for the World Cup starting February 14. India play their first match against Pakistan, at Melbourne on February 15.
Dhoni said, "We have to use whatever time is left before the World Cup in a useful manner. Staying four-and-a-half months away
from home is difficult, but we have to switch on and switch off. We need to switch on and assess what needs to be done in the nets, or wait in the hotel if the need be."
It was England's first win after their loss to Australia in the tournament-opener and skipper Eoin Morgan said he was delighted at the outstanding performance of his team.
"Outstanding. We really put a team performance, which I was delighted with.
"And there were individual performance. Steve Finn got that bounce and made most of it. Jimmy set the tone with an early breakthrough. If it swings, he tends to take advantage. It adds a hell of a lot of weight to the side. Australia (are) a very strong side at the moment, we will continue to concentrate on what we do well," Morgan added.
First Published: Jan 20, 2015 15:34 IST