India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni blamed the first innings batting collapse for the innings and 68 runs loss in the second Test here Friday, but hoped for a turnaround against Australia in the third Test on a bouncy WACA track at Perth.

 

Dhoni said India will come out strong from their six straight losses in away Tests.

 

“In sport, you are not destined to only win. You'll lose at times. You will face difficult times. That improves you as an individual, and as a skipper. If everything comes easily to you, then you don't really appreciate the kind of hard work that goes into it (winning),” he said.

 

Dhoni blamed the batsmen for the team's second successive loss in Australia but was happy with the performance in the second innings when India scored 400, their highest score in away Tests in the last six months.

 

He also lamented that pace spearhead Zaheer Khan was not getting appropriate support from the other end.

 

The team needs to switch off from all the action before focusing on the third Test. 

 

“I feel that rather than spending more and more time practising, what we need to do is spend some time off the field with some recreational activity and get some time off cricket,” he said.