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Indian captain MS Dhoni has most overseas defeats by an Indian captain away from home with the Auckland defeat being the 11th under his stewardship.
Under Dhoni, India now have lost 10 out of their last 11 overseas Test matches but the skipper said that one close Test match like this serves as an experience for three to four normal Test matches.
“Tight games like these give you the experience of three-four Test matches. You learn about the need to break the target down session by session. Hopefully, there will be plenty of players in our dressing room who must have learned a lot out of it,” the skipper said.
Dhoni lamented that throughout this tour, there have been occasions when the team has been in good positions but couldn’t convert them into winning ones.
“We have been in good positions this series, in the One-Day Internationsls (ODIs) also, but we have not been able to capitalise on them. Maybe we are still learning and in the second Test we will capitalise if we get into similar situations.”
Asked about Virat Kohli‘s dismissal due to a poor stroke having gone set, Dhoni defended his deputy.
“We all know the importance of his [Kohli] wicket. It was not only his dismissal, because we also lost wickets after the 80th over as well.”
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