Dhoni sees positives despite loss

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/thumbnail/ver1/g/gambhirdhoni_ap.jpg' class='caption'> The India captain says Gambhir's batting was a big plus in the defeat to Australia in Sydney.

Updated: March 04, 2008 10:04 IST
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India captain MS Dhoni on Sunday said his side could have chased down the huge Australian total had the top order given a good start, though he was happy they gave a scare to their opponents by coming close to the target.

Dhoni admitted it was a case of so near yet so far but said he would take "a lot of positives" for his side from the loss.

"I think we can take lots of positives from the game even though we lost it. We never gave up for the run chase even after we had lost a couple of wickets early on," Dhoni said.

"I thought 317 was chaseable on this wicket. But, we started very badly.

"Gambhir batted fantastically and he kept us in the hunt, but a big partnership at the lower order could have alter the result," he said.

Dhoni was also happy that Uthappa came good despite for a lost cause and hoped the Karnataka batsman performed consistently.

"He is an unorthodox player. He is aggressive, can cut and pull. I hope he plays like that in the remaining matches."

Symonds at it again

Even less than a month after the racism row involving Andrew Symonds and Harbhajan Singh was resolved, the Australian all rounder once again was seen mired in a heated exchange of words with an Indian bowler - this time Ishant Sharma.

While Symonds' innings was ablaze, Ishant Sharma foxed him with a slower delivery and the Australian was bowled. But Symonds did not leave the ground before exchanging some heated words with the Indian paceman.

Symonds first reacted to his dismissal after which Ishant Sharma retaliated by showing Symonds his way back to the pavilion, which led to the two umpires calling over the Indian team and asking them to show restraint.

Umpire Daryl Harper was seen having a word with Dhoni and his men. Incidentally, Symonds had alleged Harbhajan of calling him a monkey during a Test played at the same ground.

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