Fletcher and I will take this team forward: Dhoni

MS Dhoni is confident that he and coach Duncan Fletcher can revive the team Getty Images

London: Aug 22, 2011

India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni admitted that it was his team’s batting failure that led to the 0-4 debacle against England in the just-concluded Test series.

“I feel not getting more than 300 runs in a single innings speaks for itself. We tried our best and that’s what is important. As a team we need to stick together in tough times,” Dhoni said at the post-match presentation ceremony.

Dhoni ruled out complacency factor and said that they got very little time to think on those lines.

“There was no complacency but we didn’t get much time before the series started. Some of us came from West Indies and some joined in England and we got so little time that we couldn’t think about being complacent,” the skipper said.

The Jharkhand dasher is aware about the expectations and disappointments that are associated with Team India and feels that he and Duncan Fletcher can revive the team.

“Of course, myself and Duncan will take this team way forward. We still have an ODI series to look forward to. We are the world champions in this format. We have quite a few practice games and will try to come back hard,” Dhoni said.

His opposite number Andrew Strauss termed the team effort as an “outstanding one”.

“Our bowlers responded magnificently considering it was an unresponsive track. We knew it was hard work but we had a lot of time at our disposal. Full credit to Swann for the manner in which he bowled. The seamers also backed him well,” Strauss said.

Player of the series for England, Stuart Broad said that they had a plan for this much-vaunted Indian batting line-up which has crumbled under pressure everytime.

“The plan was to bowl to a slightly fuller length and it yielded fantastic results. After the Sri Lanka series, we realised that I needed to bowl a lot fuller. Also full credit to the batsmen who scored enough runs to put the pressure on the opposition,” Broad said.

Another reason Broad feels is that the same unit is now playing Test matches for over a year now.

Man of the match Ian Bell who scored a magnificent 235 isn’t sad that he would have to relinquish the No 3 slot once Jonathan Trott is back for the next series which is five months from now.

“In the next series, I will be back at No 5. It doesn’t really matter at which number you bat as long as you are contributing for team’s cause,” Bell said.

Bell feels that key to success is the “healthy internal competition in the team. But we still have a lot of work to do and should be getting better and better.” (PTI)