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Dhoni Says Irresponsible Batting Did India

By on February 25, 2009


Joseph Hoover

Christchurch, Feb 25 (PTI) Smarting from the seven-wicket defeat in the tour opener against New Zealand, India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni today attributed the loss to the irresponsible batting by his teammates.

The Indian captain, suffering his third defeat in 12 T20 matches, felt that his batsmen needlessly went after the Kiwi attack without proper planning, which led to his side losing too many wickets at the beginning of the innings.

“I think most of the batsmen batted brilliantly but the mistake we committed was that we went with the momentum. Maybe one of the batsmen could have realised that we had got off to a flier and stayed put at the crease,” said Dhoni.

“Throughout the IPL and Twenty20 games we have seen that even if you bat out 20 overs, you don’t score more than 200 runs.

“So you have to realise whether you are happy with a score of 180 or 190. Or whether you look for those extra 25 runs which we don’t actually need and end up getting 160-odd, a total which is difficult for the bowlers to defend in conditions like these and on wickets that are placid,” Dhoni said. PTI

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