Dhoni lambasts Asia Cup schedule

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/thumbnail/ver1/d/dhoni_ap.jpg' class='caption'> MS Dhoni on Saturday lambasted the grueling schedule of the Asia Cup after his side swamped Bangladesh by seven wickets.

Updated: July 02, 2008 17:40 IST
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India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Saturday lambasted the grueling schedule of the Asia Cup after his side swamped Bangladesh by seven wickets to record their third successive win in the competition.

"We have spent 36 hours playing cricket out of the 84 hours we have been in Karachi. It is too tight. I am not happy with the schedule. Two teams have to play back to back matches while two have got a day off," he said at the post match press conference.

Dhoni said his players were really tired after the matches and he was happy they would now get a couple of days off.

"It was tough out there for us. But I am happy we have kept going. Suresh Raina, Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag have batted really well in the tournament and I hope they keep on doing the same," he said.

Dhoni, however, made it clear that despite the big wins his team would guard against complacency and not get over confident.

"The other teams can't be written off and they can still come back so we have to be careful and we have to continue to play like this," he added.

He said he was not surprised at the way Bangladeshi batsman Alok Kapali had played. Kapali made 115 runs in the Bangladesh total of 283.

"He is an international player and one expects this from an international player. I think he exploited the situation and pitch well and he picked the right areas to hit."

Dhoni said the pitch had got easier for batting although he was expecting it to become slower.

"We would like to bat first if we start winning tosses," he said.

Bangladesh skipper Mohammad Ashraful conceded that after posting a good score the fielders had failed to support the bowlers.

"The bowlers bowled well on an easy pitch but fielding was not supportive. We dropped catches and maybe if they had been taken it could have been different," he said.

Ashraful described Kapali's innings as one of the best he had seen for Bangladesh.

He said his team would come up with better performances in the next few games.

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