Home > News >

India vs New Zealand 1st ODI: Mahendra Singh Dhoni bemoans lack of partnerships

MS Dhoni's team continued to be in discomfort while playing the short ball © Getty Images
MS Dhoni’s team continued to be in discomfort while playing the short ball © Getty Images

Napier: Jan 19, 2014

India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni said his team’s failure to build partnerships after losing early wickets was the cause of the defeat against New Zealand in the first One-Day International (ODI) and asked his batsmen to step-up with more consistent performances.

Chasing 293 for victory, India lost the first ODI of the five-match series by 24 runs despite Virat Kohli (123) scoring a superb century.

“We lost three quick wickets of Virat, Ravindra Jadeja and mine, and that was the turning point of the match,” said Dhoni at the post match press conference.

“That was when we needed a partnership and we need to learn out of this. It is important to get partnerships going.

The number four and five batsmen haven’t been consistent for us. Even if we don’t get hundreds or fifties from them, those slots are crucial when the opposition scores 280-300 runs.

After we lose early wickets, we need partnerships to rebuild and cannot play catch up, thus putting pressure on the lower middle order,” he added.

Dhoni, however, said the fact that the team got close to the target showed that the batsmen have a lot of firepower.

“At the same time, we can say that not many batsmen scored runs but we were still able to get close to 290 runs.

It means that we have got plenty of firepower. We just need to apply ourselves better and it will see us through,” he said.

Four out of the top six batsmen — Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina and Dhoni himself fell to short balls or bouncers, perhaps underlining a growing weakness in the Indian batting line-up but the wicketkeeper-batsman was quick to negate the theory.

“One of the options is, not to play the shot but our strength has been to play shots,” he opined. “At times we will get caught because it’s a difficult shot to play. But we need to play it and master this shot because overseas you cannot allow the bowlers to dominate and cannot leave all of them.

“But we can always pick and choose when to play and when not to play this shot,” Dhoni explained.

The Indian captain reserved special praise for his deputy Kohli whose valiant effort was denied by the Kiwis in the end.

“Virat is a free flowing batsman and he backs himself to play big shots. He knows what works for him and he picks and chooses his shots. If he gets a good start then he makes sure that he converts that start, getting to fifty and making a big score after that. More often than not he crosses the hundred-run mark, which is very important because you need one batsman to bat though the innings and the rest can rotate around him.

“Virat has done that really well so far, and hopefully he will carry it further,” he said.

Dhoni also applauded his bowlers’ efforts to restrict the Black Caps to a below par score.

“We didn’t start very well…in the first three or four overs we didn’t really bowl well. But after that we came back nicely. In the middle overs, the spinners also bowled well. We used a few overs off part-timers as Virat bowled and he also contributed. I think death bowling was really good. When one of their set-batsman was batting, we were able to contain them. So that’s a big positive out of this game,” he said.

Question was raised about the spinners who were able to take just one wicket from 19 overs with Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin together giving away 113 runs while India searched for wickets in the middle overs.

“Their roles change when they play outside the subcontinent. The home teams will never make pitches that turn and they will have to keep experimenting with pace and length.

I think they bowled pretty well. They didn’t get wickets but they built some pressure in the middle overs, which is also very important,” defended Dhoni.

“Also, whenever we have played with four fast bowlers, the captain gets banned and we lose. So it doesn’t seem like an option for us,” he concluded.

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 20, 2014 (14:30 IST)   at Kolkata

Pakistan vs Australia in UAE, 2014

Oct 22, 2014 (11:30 IST)   at Dubai

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 22, 2014 (19:00 IST)   at Cuttack

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Oct 25, 2014 (09:30 IST)   at Dhaka

South Africa tour of New Zealand, 2014

Oct 27, 2014 (03:00 IST)   at Hamilton

More

South Africa tour of New Zealand, 2014

Oct 24, 2014  at Mount Maunganui

South Africa won by 72 runs

South Africa tour of New Zealand, 2014

Oct 21, 2014  at Mount Maunganui

South Africa won by 6 wkts

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 17, 2014  at Dharamsala

India won by 59 runs

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 14, 2014  at Visakhapatnam

Match cancelled

Pakistan vs Australia in UAE, 2014

Oct 12, 2014  at Abu Dhabi

Australia won by 1 run

Photos

Pakistan vs Australia, 1st Test at Dubai

Videos

Amla feels Proteas more acclimatised to conditions

Pakistan eye victory as Australia reel at 59/4 at stumps on Day 4

Suresh Raina gifts Aditya Garhwal an autographed bat

Dwayne Bravo says West Indies pull-out had everybody’s consent

Bangladesh gain upper-hand over Zimbabwe at stumps on Day 1 of 1st Test

David Warner and others with records related to hundreds in consecutive Test innings

Australia Australia tour of UAE 2014 Australia vs Pakistan Australia vs Pakistan 2014 Duleep Trophy India New Zealand New Zealand vs South Africa New Zealand vs South Africa 2014 Pakistan Pakistan vs Australia Pakistan vs Australia 2014 South Africa South Africa tour of New Zealand 2014 South Africa vs New Zealand 2014

Pakistan vs Australia 2014: Younis Khan considered skipping Tests

Michael Clarke: Younis Khan is one of the gentlemen of our game

Duleep Trophy 2014: Central Zone to meet South Zone in final

Pakistan eye victory as Australia reel at 59/4 at stumps on Day 4

Pakistan vs Australia 2014: David Warner admits that Australia is not scared of big targets

New Zealand vs South Africa 2014: Indifferent start to New Zealand’s World Cup preparations

Younis Khan scores 26th ton to establish Pakistan record

Younis Khan becomes seventh Pakistani cricketer to score two hundreds in a Test

Virat Kohli and others with 20 ODI hundreds

David Warner and others with records related to hundreds in consecutive Test innings

Fan of the Day

Suraj Gowda

Suraj Gowda

642 Posts | 9 Fans

Virat Kohli's Family Meets Anushka Sharma

अभिनेत्री हुमा कुरैशी ओरिफ्लेम की ब्रांड एंबेसडर

Has Bigg Boss 8 made Karishma Tanna the most hated person?

Pranab Mukherjee returns home after visit to Norway, Finland

Revealed: First look of Amitabh Bachchan-Farhan Akhtar’s Do!

7 reasons why having sex during pregnancy is great for your health

Videocon Infinium Graphite with gesture control feature launched, priced at Rs 10,499

Rupee up 19 paise against dollar in early trade

Twitter introduces Audio Cards to listen to music directly from your timeline

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here