Dhoni blames batsmen for loss

Updated: 18 February 2008 17:21 IST

Indian captain MS Dhoni said his run-out changed the game.


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'Sone ke liye time milega'

During Sunday's game at Adelaide, India captain MS Dhoni was heard on the stump microphone shouting at a lethargic fielder: "Sone ke liye time milega." (You will get time to sleep later).

Dhoni's frustration didn't arise just from the batting.

India had bowled the oppostion to 73 for 5 before Michael Clarke and Brad Hogg put on a 72 run stand to take Australia to a respectable 203.

Munaf has no business in the team: Gavaskar

No doubt India's batsmen should have got to that score easily, the lack of commitment really had Sunil Gavaskar upset.

"Munaf Patel shouldn't be in the team, because he's useless on the field and hopeless with the bat, so he has no business playing for India," Gavaskar said on the post-match show on ESPN-Star.

Dhoni said it was a calculated move to bring Munaf in.

"We ended up giving Munaf a chance because he bowls according to a field," Dhoni said. "It gets very difficult to get Sreesanth to bowl according to his field. I was quite happy with Munaf... he doesn't think too much and it helps the skipper sometimes..."

Dhoni blames batsmen

Dhoni, though, was more severe on the batting while admitting that it was his run out with 70 runs needed to win at less than a run a ball, which turned it around.

"I want people to realise that they have to take responsibility as well, and people haven't taken their roles seriously on a consistent basis... and that's important," Dhoni said after the game.

This 50-run loss to Australia has also put India in an awkward situation with regard to reaching the finals of the tri-series.

"The shot was on for Yuvraj. That happens in a match, the turning point in the game was me getting run out..."

"I think it was a bad reaction from Rohit, he would have had an advantage since he had a start of a couple of yards," Dhoni said about his runner Rohit Sharma getting run out.

Dhoni said he had a problem with both his calves.

On the move to bring Irfan Pathan up the batting order Dhoni said it lends depth to India's batting.

"It gives depth to the innings, when Irfan bats at 3. The rest of the order remains the same. I was quite happy with the batting order up till now."

Ponting relieved to get out of jail

Ponting, on the other hand, was pleased to have the bonus point without playing their best cricket.

"We all know we haven't played our best cricket yet. Once again we didn't come off with the bat, and we're still winning some games thanks to our bowling

James Hopes has had a big 12 months in the past few months and we're still not winning," he said. "It's been pretty hard work this summer actually."

Michael Clarke said he was disappointed to run Hogg out.

"I was very disappointed running Hoggie out. We worked our backsides off in the field. I had a fitness test this morning, was a bit sore but was alright. I was pretty patient with the innings. I had to lead the team," Clarke said.

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