We were 15 runs short against England, says MS Dhoni

MS Dhoni praised England bowlers for their performance in the T20 match Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Kolkata: Oct 30, 2011

Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said on Saturday that India were about 15 runs short in their one-off Twenty20 against England, which they lost by six wickets at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.

“It wasn t a 150-run wicket but I thought we were 15 runs short. We didn t get off to a good start but had a bit of a partnership going in the middle. Had a couple of individuals stuck in there, we would ve got to a par score and could have even got some five to 10 runs more than that,” Dhoni said.

India produced an ordinary batting performance after winning the toss, scoring just 120 runs for the loss of nine wickets 20 overs.

Talking about the pitch, Dhoni said, “It was very slow track and it got even more difficult for us because they bowled in the right areas. They used the slow ball to very good effect. [R] Ashwin played some shots in the end [so] we could reach 120. But 10 15 runs more and the result could ve been different.”

“Since we play cricket almost round the year, things will get very difficult for us if we look too far ahead. What s important right now is the few days rest that s coming up and then we report to Delhi for the first Test against West Indies,” he said.

“Many of the senior players will join the team and some of the young bowlers will get an opportunity to prove their mettle. It will be an interesting series,” Dhoni added.

India will now focus on the three-Test match series against West Indies, which begins from November 6.