‘Tiredness wasn’t the reason’
Mahendra Singh Dhoni has never been one to beat around the bush. After India crashed out of the World T20 Dhoni had no excuses to offer, after apologising to fans back home, reports Arjun Sen.cricket Updated: Jun 16, 2009 00:34 IST
Mahendra Singh Dhoni has never been one to beat around the bush. After India crashed out of the World T20 Dhoni had no excuses to offer, after apologising to fans back home.
“Frankly speaking, we are disappointed. I thought 153 was a decent score, one you are expected to chase. Especially when you have strengthened your batting order,” Dhoni said.
“However, as disappointed as I am, it is not as big a disappointment for me personally as the defeat in the 2007 50-over World Cup in the West Indies,” he added.
England took a leaf out of the West Indies' book and peppered the India top-order with bouncers, and Dhoni admitted that his batsmen had not been quite able to adapt to this. “This is not the first time we have had to face the short stuff. It is always a question of adaptability. A bowler can only bowl one bouncer in an over. Again, quite a few lessons to be learnt.”
The biggest talking point in the aftermath of the defeat has been Ravindra Jadeja's inclusion and elevation ahead of Yuvraj Singh. Dhoni, however, defended the decision. “We were looking at the combination and at the same time were looking to chase. In the 2007 World T20 we batted deep down, so we wanted depth in batting,” Dhoni said.
About the elevation, he said: “We lost the second wicket around the 4th over, and we thought we needed someone who could stabilise the innings. To be fair to Jadeja, he continued playing his shots. It was just one of those days where it didn't work for him,” he said.
Dhoni also denied that continuous cricket had left the team jaded. “If a cricketer says he did not perform because he was tired, it is an excuse. You can't blame it on tiredness. The more cricket you play, the better you get,” he said. “We cannot say we did not perform because we were tired. We have to stand up and say we did not do it as a team and that is why did not do well in the T20 World Cup.”
Dhoni finally did some straight talking on the Virender Sehwag issue and the alleged rift in the team. “Sehwag is a great player to have, but he wasn't here due to injury. We missed him, but we couldn't have done much about it,” Dhoni said. “It's really upsetting, especially before a tournament like this. It was between Sehwag and me, if there was a fight, only we know. The atmosphere in the dressing room was great, however, we used to joke about the incident, the guys would take the pressure off me.”