MS Dhoni rues failure to improve over-rate in Perth Test

Vice-captain Virender Sehwag will lead the Indian team in the absence of MS Dhoni in the fourth Test match at Adelaide Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Adelaide: Jan 18, 2012

Indian captain MS Dhoni rues not being able to control the over rates during India s third Test match against Australia at Perth due to which he was handed a one-match ban which will rule him out of the fourth Test at Adelaide.

Dhoni was quoted in Mid Day as saying, “We were behind in the over rate by just about eight minutes — which is two and a half overs. I realised this and tried to make up for it by bringing on Virender Sehwag (off-spin) to bowl (71st over).

However, Sehwag getting the wicket of Ben Hilfenhaus changed things. The ninth wicket was that of Ryan Harris (in 73rd over) and Hilfenhaus fell exactly three overs later (76th over). Had Hilfenhaus played for another three overs, we would have been inside the over-rate,” Dhoni explained.

Dhoni was later handed a one-match ban for slow over rate which rules him out of the fourth Test in Adelaide.

Vice-captain Virender Sehwag will lead the side in Dhoni’s absence.