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India vs England Live Cricket Score 5th Test Day 3 at The Oval: MS Dhoni says batsmen let the team down

This is MS Dhoni's second series loss in England © Getty Images
This is MS Dhoni’s second series loss in England © Getty Images

Aug 17, 2014

MS Dhoni, the disappointed Indian captain said that the batsman let India down the series against Engalnd. He was asked to give his reaction about India’s humiliating loss in England, at the presentation ceremony. He said the “We never really competed, batting reflected a lot. Many players have not played here in England or outside the subcontinent but it is important for them to learn their lessons. Batsmen never really performed and lower order did well in the start. But it was a camouflage for the top-order’s failure. Lack of runs on board did not help and the lower order got exposed.”

Dhoni also added, “It is demanding to play in England. The wickets were good with nice pace and bounce. England are very consistent with their lines. Batsmen backed them up well. We tried all our bowlers in the squad. Ishwar Pandey didn’t get any game. We tried Rohit Sharma but difficult to give chances as team combination was important. Needed bit more application from batsmen.”

Dhoni said there was nothing he could have done differently to make things better for his side. “We did everything we could have done. If we went it with Rohit (Sharma), the difficulty was who to leave out. Ajinkya Rahane had scored a hundred at Lord’s. Pujara bats at numnber three, Virat at four and then myself. Whatever we could have done, we tried.”

He finally signed off by saying, “We did not really need a practise game in between the series. Resources were perfect, if you look at Bhuvneshwar Kumar he looks tired. He did really well. We need not get too technical about stuff, need to iron out the flaws. We all put together have not played enough Test cricket when compared to English players. Can’t get enough experience in the bench. Looking forward to the ODIs. New guys coming in with couple of these going out but it will be important to enjoy the game.”

Meanwhile, Fast bowler James Anderson was named England’s Man of the Series. Anderson took 25 wickets and he was nominated by India coach Duncan Fletcher.

“We’ve fought back really well, there’s been some good performances through the series. I think I’m in a good place with the ball, I think the way all four seamers have bowled in the last few Test has been hugely impressive. We wanted the nicks to carry, after the first couple of games. When you feel like you have an edge over a batsman, it does help as a bowler,” he said.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who took 19 wickets and scored three half-centuries, was India’s Man of the Series. He was nominated by England coach Peter Moores.

“It’s tough but we have to look forward to the next series. We were hoping to win the series but in a five-match series it is hard to maintain your performances. The body is a bit tired but it was a good experience, playing in England, it was a great experience and I hope I do well in future. Bowlers want to bowl well here, trying to focus on line and length and I’m pleased I had success.”

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