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MS Dhoni wants India to learn and adapt after 4-0 loss to New Zealand

After India lost the fifth and final One-Day International against New Zealand by 78 runs, skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni blamed as well as backed his beleagured team which has now lost the series 4-0.

“All defeats are bad and at the end of the day you can’t really measure disappointment,” said a philosophical Dhoni

Despite batting failures, he backed his batsmen but cautioned them about the need to learn and adapt their game.

“We have invested a lot in our batting. It wasn’t a lack of experience because a lot of players in the side have played a lot of ODI cricket and most of them are batsmen. But New Zealand executed their plans very well and whatever we tried chasing or batting first  it didn’t work. So now it is up to our batsmen to improvise and adapt and bring in a positive attitude,” he said.

“After one season, once you become a settled side the opposition starts planning against each and every batsman and that has been the case all over the world.

“Fresh questions are asked and the batsmen are talented enough to get out of it. But they will need to put in a lot of effort in the practice sessions and mentally make their plans, what they need to do once they go into the game,” he tried to explain.

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