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Things could have been different: Dhoni

"It was quite disappointing because had I stayed on for another 10 to 15 overs more, it would have been a totally different situation," the Indian stumper said.

india Updated: Mar 20, 2006 21:06 IST

The controversial dismissal of Mahendra Singh Dhoni could prove to be the turning point of the match with the wicketkeeper-batsman on Monday stating that had he stayed a little longer, the scenario could have been different for the hosts.

Dhoni, who led the Indian fightback with the bat in the third and final Test here by top-scoring with 64 before being declared run out, said he was quite disappointed by his dismissal, although he respected the umpire's verdict.

"It was quite disappointing because had I stayed on for another 10 to 15 overs more, it would have been a totally different situation," the Indian stumper said after the third day's play.

The Jharkhand player said since the ball was coming nicely on to the bat, he could have gone on to score more runs for his team.

"The ball was new and was coming on to the bat nicely. There were plenty of opportunities for runs being scored. There would have been chances of getting out as well but speaking positively, had I stayed on, we could have got more runs," Dhoni said.

Dhoni was controversially declared run out by third umpire K Hariharan as action replays suggested that the bails were not dislodged when a direct hit was made at the non-striker's end by England's James Anderson from mid-on.

He, however, refused to be drawn into any controversy saying he respected the umpire's decision.