Aus v Ind, World T20 2012, Super Eights, Colombo September 28, 2012

'Rain hampered spinners' - Dhoni

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MS Dhoni has blamed rain for making the India bowlers, especially the three specialist spinners, ineffective against Shane Watson and David Warner in his side's heavy defeat to Australia in their first Super Eights game. India had left out senior batsman Virender Sehwag to include a third spinner but Dhoni said Harbhajan Singh, R Ashwin and Piyush Chawla were unable to grip the wet ball during Australia's chase, resulting in the trio going for a collective 66 runs in 6.5 overs.

"We played with five bowlers in the last match [against England] and their performance was very good then," Dhoni said. "To say that the bowlers didn't bowl well based on this one match would be wrong because we need to take into consideration the conditions as well. It rained towards the end of our innings. The umpire let the game go on for a little while but when it came down heavily it was stopped. After one over, they had an option to take the roller and they took the right roller. Then when we came out to bowl, it rained again.

"When the ball gets wet there is not much there for the spinners. All the spinners that we had, whether it was three [specialist] spinners or the part-timers, all of them didn't bowl well. Either they bowled a few short-pitched deliveries or full tosses which meant that there was no real grip for them and that was the main reason we were not able to put pressure on the Australians."

India had earlier chosen to bat but had struggled against the pace and bounce of the Australia fast bowlers on a slow Premadasa pitch and had managed to post just 140. Dhoni said India should have got more runs, considering how the first half of their innings had progressed.

"We had 70-odd runs for the loss of two wickets in the first ten overs and then we lost one more wicket quickly and soon we were five down," he said. "So we were under a bit of pressure as we needed to score runs and play out the next ten overs as well. So we decided to set a target that we can defend. We had a score of 145-150 in mind but we hadn't thought about the rain, that it would rain like this."

Abhishek Purohit is an editorial assistant at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Johnny_129 on October 1, 2012, 16:16 GMT

    It was TENDULKAR'S FAULT!!! Hahahahahahaha

  • CricketEinstein on September 30, 2012, 5:43 GMT

    @Meety " He is arguably the best keeper batsmen in ODIs of all time ( a shoot out between him & Gilly)" Please.. dont compare a flat track bully with an all time great !!

  • on September 30, 2012, 1:44 GMT

    Why the Indian Captain never gives credit to the other team for playing better whenever India loses a match. Every other team captain gives credit to the winning team except for the Indian Captain. Dhoni always has one excuse or another for losing a match. In this match India was outright outplayed by Australia. It just was Australia's day. No other team could have won against them on this day.

  • on September 29, 2012, 20:35 GMT

    why dhoni given the ball to Rohit Sharma ahead of Raina? is he is a better bowler than Raina? already the match against Afghanistan Rohit Sharma's bowling threaten to loose the match. why not given a chance to Raina instead of giving to Rohit? why don't he test Raina in group matches? Raina has few matches with ball for India and CSK. this is the simplest reason how dhoni's captaincy is going wrong at the movement. please sack him as t20 captain and give it to aggressive kholi or gambhir.

  • on September 29, 2012, 20:18 GMT

    Dhoni is now in very defensive mode. probably his field setting skills r gone down, not using the strength of the bowlers at the correct time, when he comes 2 bat playing very defensively and allow the opponents 2 get back into the game easily and they also want dhoni 2 be at the crease for a long time, if i am at the opponent side my strategy would be 2 not getting dhoni's wicket he wil win matches for us by scoring more DOT balls. In recent last few years he doesn't improve his batting skills, everyone knows how to bowl DOT deliveries to dhoni, non of them is bowling to dhoni's strength. dhoni's sir please go and see the modern day batsmen's technique like reverse sweep, dil scoop, look at jeyawardene, devilliers, don't go any way just look at ashwin and his confidence and scoring technique, he is playing beautifully, please promote him in batting order before u come. Dhoni sir improve ur batting skills, play attacking ckt, otherwise pls retire frm t20 ckt, give chance to youngsters.

  • on September 29, 2012, 18:49 GMT

    msd will come back no doubt

  • Htc-Android on September 29, 2012, 18:40 GMT

    everyone knows this is monsoon season. dhoni must have seen the overcast conditions even before the match started. he won the toss and why did he decide to bat first? surely he knows that this is going to benefit the ausies. common dhoni these are lame excuses to put the blame on rain. Accept the fact that india played poorly.

  • on September 29, 2012, 15:37 GMT

    140 was never a good score against the likes of Watson, Warner, Hussy.. Now we are just used to listen such reasoning from Dhoni. Seems like his time is over now as a captain. His lucky time is over now.

  • on September 29, 2012, 14:49 GMT

    I support dhoni. it was the rain(rain of sixes) which made the match difficult for indians. otherwise inida would won the wc already.

  • PhaniBhaskar24 on September 29, 2012, 14:17 GMT

    I always this question in mind..whenever India ( we) loose match, we find our reasons ( however silly it may be).. I just couldn't understand, when Invincible Australia, West Indies did right during their hay days...Spin Pitches, bounce Pitches, Swing Pitches, Pitch Conditions, Weather Conditions...it just didn't matter for them or What? What could do they have done right?

  • Johnny_129 on October 1, 2012, 16:16 GMT

    It was TENDULKAR'S FAULT!!! Hahahahahahaha

  • CricketEinstein on September 30, 2012, 5:43 GMT

    @Meety " He is arguably the best keeper batsmen in ODIs of all time ( a shoot out between him & Gilly)" Please.. dont compare a flat track bully with an all time great !!

  • on September 30, 2012, 1:44 GMT

    Why the Indian Captain never gives credit to the other team for playing better whenever India loses a match. Every other team captain gives credit to the winning team except for the Indian Captain. Dhoni always has one excuse or another for losing a match. In this match India was outright outplayed by Australia. It just was Australia's day. No other team could have won against them on this day.

  • on September 29, 2012, 20:35 GMT

    why dhoni given the ball to Rohit Sharma ahead of Raina? is he is a better bowler than Raina? already the match against Afghanistan Rohit Sharma's bowling threaten to loose the match. why not given a chance to Raina instead of giving to Rohit? why don't he test Raina in group matches? Raina has few matches with ball for India and CSK. this is the simplest reason how dhoni's captaincy is going wrong at the movement. please sack him as t20 captain and give it to aggressive kholi or gambhir.

  • on September 29, 2012, 20:18 GMT

    Dhoni is now in very defensive mode. probably his field setting skills r gone down, not using the strength of the bowlers at the correct time, when he comes 2 bat playing very defensively and allow the opponents 2 get back into the game easily and they also want dhoni 2 be at the crease for a long time, if i am at the opponent side my strategy would be 2 not getting dhoni's wicket he wil win matches for us by scoring more DOT balls. In recent last few years he doesn't improve his batting skills, everyone knows how to bowl DOT deliveries to dhoni, non of them is bowling to dhoni's strength. dhoni's sir please go and see the modern day batsmen's technique like reverse sweep, dil scoop, look at jeyawardene, devilliers, don't go any way just look at ashwin and his confidence and scoring technique, he is playing beautifully, please promote him in batting order before u come. Dhoni sir improve ur batting skills, play attacking ckt, otherwise pls retire frm t20 ckt, give chance to youngsters.

  • on September 29, 2012, 18:49 GMT

    msd will come back no doubt

  • Htc-Android on September 29, 2012, 18:40 GMT

    everyone knows this is monsoon season. dhoni must have seen the overcast conditions even before the match started. he won the toss and why did he decide to bat first? surely he knows that this is going to benefit the ausies. common dhoni these are lame excuses to put the blame on rain. Accept the fact that india played poorly.

  • on September 29, 2012, 15:37 GMT

    140 was never a good score against the likes of Watson, Warner, Hussy.. Now we are just used to listen such reasoning from Dhoni. Seems like his time is over now as a captain. His lucky time is over now.

  • on September 29, 2012, 14:49 GMT

    I support dhoni. it was the rain(rain of sixes) which made the match difficult for indians. otherwise inida would won the wc already.

  • PhaniBhaskar24 on September 29, 2012, 14:17 GMT

    I always this question in mind..whenever India ( we) loose match, we find our reasons ( however silly it may be).. I just couldn't understand, when Invincible Australia, West Indies did right during their hay days...Spin Pitches, bounce Pitches, Swing Pitches, Pitch Conditions, Weather Conditions...it just didn't matter for them or What? What could do they have done right?

  • on September 29, 2012, 13:43 GMT

    If rain would not have come then also I doubt match would have lasted 17 overs. Next match Ashwin will open the batting, Irfan will open bowling, there won't be rain and then also result will be same. Instead of blaming rain why can't you say 141 was not defendable against any good team. In Indian team where everyone is bowler, who will score? Selection of Yuvraj singh to the Wt20 team was truly emotional and it is not going to help.

  • DEV4EVER on September 29, 2012, 13:29 GMT

    Sorry Mr. Dhoni. In your point of view the ball didn't grip bcoz of rain. But in my point of view all the spinners bowl only short pitch ball so they didn't get wicket............

  • rahulcricket007 on September 29, 2012, 13:23 GMT

    IF BALL WAS BECOME SLIPPERY FOR SPINNERS THEN WHY DIDN'T YOU GIVE IRFAN PATHAN NEW BALL . CONSIDERING THE FACT THAT IRFAN HAS SUCCESS IN RECENT TIMES WITH THE NEW BALL ESPECAILLY AGAINST RIGHT HANDERS .

  • mark2011 on September 29, 2012, 13:22 GMT

    what a ridiculous excuse to say that it rain there.. it was just a drizzle for 2 min. and covers came less than minute time,even indian players (Virat/rohit )were on the ground when it was drizzling. How come pitch turns upside down from such a thin drizzle.. then what about matches played after hours of heavy rain.. imagine what would happnd to the pitch then.. it is shameful Captain like Dhoni to give such poor excuse instead of accepting their worst bowlling and wrong selection of team..PLS PUBLISH!!!!

  • rahulcricket007 on September 29, 2012, 13:17 GMT

    in england dhoni made excuses of injuries , in aus dhoni made excuses of bouncy pitches , against nz in t20 dhoni make excuses of pitch being slow , now he is making rain as an excuse .what will be your excuse when you will lose the remaining two matches also ? MAY BE THE EXCUSES WILL BE LIKE BAT WAS OLD , GROUND WAS BIG SO I WAS UNABLE TO HIT SIXES .

  • Gizza on September 29, 2012, 12:43 GMT

    If Dhoni actually admitted to his team's faults and his own faults, India might have had a chance of improving in their next two matches and have an outside chance of making the semis. But with that attitude it is already over. Only seven teams are left in the World T20 now. England or NZ will join them later today.

  • Meety on September 29, 2012, 11:52 GMT

    Spewing my comment did not make it!! I have to say from the outset, I am a Dhoni fan, I believe he cops too much flak from his fellow countrymen when India lose. He is arguably the best keeper batsmen in ODIs of all time ( a shoot out between him & Gilly), but I have to say, this article does him no favours. On the one hand he says "...To say that the bowlers didn't bowl well based on this one match would be wrong..." but a few paragraphs later he says "...whether it was three [specialist] spinners or the part-timers, all of them didn't bowl well..." - seems confused. The bit that annoyed me though is "... we hadn't thought about the rain, that it would rain like this." The constant references to the rain is annoying on two fronts; 1) It is Sri Lanka in the monsoon season! 2) Most games have had the threat of rain, 3) Early in the 1st game of the night, the clouds came across, (over an hour earlier) 4) Everyone knows spinners & rain don't mix TBC

  • on September 29, 2012, 11:42 GMT

    It will be better to see Dhoni to rest himself for a match to get the right perspective on how to play T20! Perhaps we would be able to find a better batsman, wk and captain for a match atleast! Always, he finds external excuses to explain the collective failure forgetting the fact that those excuses are as lame as his handling of the three departments he is in charge!

  • annys on September 29, 2012, 11:15 GMT

    Oh c'mon dhoni you know we were rubbish live up to it man and move on. Play

    Sehwag,gauti,Kohli,Raina,rohit,dhoni,yuvi,irfan,ashwin,Zaheer,Dinda/bala. Don't mess too much with the team, dhoni has to believe that each member can make a difference ,BACK YOUR TEAM DHONI and forget other calculations and PLAY WITH PRIDE AND PLAY FOR THE NATION

  • Romenevans on September 29, 2012, 11:13 GMT

    Yeah the rain drop were slightly thicker than what would helped our spinner ehh? May the sky was a bit darker that's why our bowlers forgot to pitch it up and flight the ball to turn? Oh wait...may be wind was blowing way to fast that why Ashwin and other spinner were bowling 100/KPH as spinner where they should have varied and slow it up to deceive the batsmen? Yeah yeah...its all nature fault that we bowled so pathetically bad.

  • on September 29, 2012, 10:56 GMT

    Man! You won the toss. You knew rain was expected. You saw the previous match. Given all these inputs you should have acted. Dude! You lost and Australia more than deserved to win. Learn from this and go ahead. Wish you all the best!

  • Dalajit on September 29, 2012, 10:55 GMT

    It is enough Dhoni giving excuses every time after losing a match, never accepted his own fault and his own irrelevant decision. Hello, BCCI start seriously thinking about the next Captain Virat Kohli, at least in T-20. Dhoni is not learning from any of his mistakes and always defends his faulty decision. When you know that there could be rain later on and it would be difficult to bowl spin, then would have opted for Bowling first to utilize your spinners properly. And then coming and giving excuses of rain is not enough for you to defend your wrong decision. Always wrong with playing eleven, tour selection. Why not trying Manoj instead of Rohit who played better whenever get a chance. You are spoiling the team, take a rest in Test and T-20.

  • on September 29, 2012, 10:19 GMT

    Dhoni should 2 his tried and tested formula of 4 bowlers & 7 batsmen ...he certainly looked uncomfortable. Piyush and Harbanjan are useless ...England batsmen made their ordinary bowling look extraordinary !! giving ashiwn and yuvraj are good enough bring back shewag !!

  • kr_kinshuk on September 29, 2012, 10:05 GMT

    dhoni is right when he says that the rain made things difficult.... but what irks me is that we don't have a plan B.....

    the team is saddled with very very average medium pacers.... umesh yadav might go 4 runs... but atleast he brings variety to the options available to the skipper.....

    i mean wht was dhoni supposed to do.... pick up dinda!!!!!

  • Kazzamers on September 29, 2012, 9:57 GMT

    this is n srinivasan-srikanth-chennai-dhoni team , not team india, not t20 team at all in first place

  • cric4world on September 29, 2012, 9:51 GMT

    a sincere advise from ur pakistani friend. dhoni has done great service for india in past but now is the time to give atleast T20 captaincy to someone else. T20 is a great format not only to judge ur national talent but to groom a captain for future and now is the time india starts looking and in my opinion kohli is an excellent choice.the guy has a good crciketing brain and is far more aggressive then dhoni. dont hate me when i say but dhoni has been riding his luck alot and now that dhoni seems very bored and flat, u need a more energetic and younger captain. if dhoni wasnt the captain he would struggle to keep his spot in T20 . still a good choice for oneday and test though but rather then facing a huge task of finding a keeper, lower order hitter and captain at same time, india should start looking before its too late.

  • on September 29, 2012, 9:49 GMT

    You cant have both Rohit and Yuvraj in the team based on their current form. The match was lost in the 11th over of indian innings, when we went from 70/2 to 75/5, its difficult to recover from that for a decent score againt a team like Aus. We lack the power hitters, for 20-20, we dont have the best batting setup, if the grounds are big. Only Dhoni / Yuvraj stands a chance of clearing the rope.. Given this it was too foolish to leave out Shewag.. He still is your best 20-20 batsman, irrespective of form. I thought it would be Rohit or Yuvraj who was left out. And as of five bowlers, you take Chawla as your fifth? Strange, if you have Yuvraj, doesnt make sense to have piyush. Poor team composition, even with 5 bowlers it could have been better.

  • vkypak on September 29, 2012, 9:33 GMT

    lolxxx such a shemful excuse by dhoni.....yr dhoni u dont have ajmal hafeez afridi and raza hassan.....u have street ipl bowlers bhajji,ashwin,zaheer,chawla,pathan.....u won the toss but still choosen to bat first??? worse decision....poor defensive captaincy...stop excuses dhoni, ur bowling lineup hammerd i shud say ruined by just two W'S..watson and warner...next time u shud go with all 11 bowlers ....and NARBAVI c'mmon man stop criticizing srilankans look at ur team where u stand.....hammered by watto and warner ,u r so called bhajji and ashwin can never even close to ajmal hafeez and afridi......plz publish...

  • on September 29, 2012, 9:10 GMT

    After the IPL has started, India has lost all 7 matches of the Super 8 stage in World T20.

  • vinaykmr on September 29, 2012, 9:04 GMT

    dhoni is politician. drop him. sehwag is much better offie bowler than rohit/raina. its just dhoni' frustration to take useless rohit in the team by hook or crook like giving the bowling to rohit n to establish him as allrounder when sehwag is thousand times better bowler. he doesnt use viru's bowling skill at all. dhoni is known for his favouritism for jadeja/rohit n due to him more deserving players like manoj tiwari r seating on bench.

  • LilAnzac on September 29, 2012, 9:02 GMT

    If Dhoni had any supporters left he just lost them.. Typical politicians reply dancing around the facts. Admit it and everyone moves on. India was outplayed simple as that! To blame the rain whilst playing a tournament in Sri Lanka during wet season. Oh please. You have insulted our intelligence and the great performance by the Aussies. I defended you yesterday in a post which I now regret. Shame on you MS. Kohli for captain as you have shot yourself in the foot with your lies.

  • Pakcricsta99 on September 29, 2012, 8:56 GMT

    Yeah Dhoni the rain totally made u lose. Or is it the fact that China has better bowlers than ur bowlers. Its a shame u cant buy bowlers from china.

  • premendrasinghal on September 29, 2012, 8:54 GMT

    you can only give lame excuses. we are totally outplayed admit that you have mistaken and correct it next match.

  • pat_one_back on September 29, 2012, 8:44 GMT

    Sheer arrogance to claim 140 as a targeted defendable score, Watson is a tournament specialist, Hussey is, Mr Cricket in every form. Let alone the danger of Warner and the capable of 140 without them 'soft' middle order. NEWS FLASH India, Aussies were good enough to keep you well below a par score and are far too good to be contained to one. Blame whoever and whatever you like if it helps your healing but everyone else knows this was no act of god, captaincy, curator, umpire, you can't event blame poor Ishant this time, you are simply not that good and THAT is why you got beaten ok!

  • ms2000 on September 29, 2012, 8:38 GMT

    The true capabilities of India was exposed y'day.Sorry, you carried a lot of luck even at the World cup finals to win that. Most of your players are too old for T20!

  • on September 29, 2012, 8:29 GMT

    5 bowler theory is ok. But 3 seamers and 2 spinners are required with Yuvaraj around. We also need specialist opener to face good bowling attacks. So Rahane would have been handy instead of Manoj Tiwari.

  • Chris_P on September 29, 2012, 8:27 GMT

    Oh that was the reason. Not the batting effort, nor the fact you won the toss, had an idea it was going to rain then batted anyway, and not the reason your bowlers tossed up pies. Interesting.

  • spinkingKK on September 29, 2012, 8:24 GMT

    Dhoni may have a point there regarding the rain. However, the batsmen didn't play the game like a 20-20 game. They played as if they were playing an ODI. Dhoni himself was the biggest culprit. True, he had to make sure they set a defendable target. However, taking more balls than the runs, is just inexcusable in T20. I disagree with the people who say that India hasn't got it in them. I believe India is the second best team in the competition behind the West Indies. New Zealand is the other team who can win this by making some upset wins. Tournament is not over. Its just heating up. Expect more from India, West Indies and New Zealand. India should play Sehwag and also try Tiwary out. Balaji is a specialist T20 bowler and he should also play. My 11 is: Sehwag, Gambhir/Tiwary, Kohli, Yuvraj, Raina, Dhoni, Pathan, Harbhajan, Ashwin, Zaheer, Balaji.

  • on September 29, 2012, 8:21 GMT

    back with excuses Mr Dhoni , why doesn't he accept that he and his team is inapt to t20 and specially himself who is totally inapt to t20, specially dhoni himself which has been alarmingly highlighted in last few matches where because of him the scoring rate has drastically gone down and team has failed to chase or reach a good total. comon 78 strike rate is unacceptable in t20 and still he shamelessly come up with excuses everytime, i wonder when will he realize this that for the sake of the team either he needs to quit t20 or he needs to drop himself, but i guess team and country is not that important then self, am telling .. dhoni with his inapt batting will continue to loose t20 matches for India , and it will keep happening ...

  • sohaibahmad on September 29, 2012, 8:16 GMT

    batsmen couldnt bat, bowlers couldnt bowl, fielders couldnt field, rest i guess was ok

  • Meety on September 29, 2012, 8:12 GMT

    The nature of the Super 8s mean (I think), that due to India's now poor net run rate, they need Oz to keep winning, & India must win their remaining 2 games. I think if Oz or India lose a match from here - India goes home (unless they pull of some MASSIVE victory).

  • Meety on September 29, 2012, 8:10 GMT

    What would of been more becoming of Dhoni, is if he said something like "Yep, we had a bad day in the office, we put up our hand & say today we were outplayed, well done Oz. In hindsight we should of fielded" There is no excuses in that, & would give credit where it's due. @Sanawana on (September 29 2012, 05:57 AM GMT) - good point, in did rain whilst Hogg was bowling too, & his control was in the main pretty good. @pakistan_victorious on (September 29 2012, 07:40 AM GMT) - Pakis spinners (IMO are very good), did have the most driest conditions to bowl in, just bear that in mind, India did have the worst.

  • yorkslanka on September 29, 2012, 8:09 GMT

    Congrats to Australia on a resounding win, hard luck on this one India but still two games to go...please note no negative comments from me (a SL fan) despite the numerous bad comments we get from some of your fans..one thing I must say though guys is get behind your captain, having won so many things he can't suddenly turn into a bad captain overnight can he?no excuses,Australia simply played the better cricket yesterday..

  • Meety on September 29, 2012, 8:04 GMT

    Spewing my comment did not make it!! I have to say from the outset, I am a Dhoni fan, I believe he cops too much flak from his fellow countrymen when India lose. He is arguably the best keeper batsmen in ODIs of all time ( a shoot out between him & Gilly), but I have to say, this article does him no favours. On the one hand he says "...To say that the bowlers didn't bowl well based on this one match would be wrong..." but a few paragraphs later he says "...whether it was three [specialist] spinners or the part-timers, all of them didn't bowl well..." - seems confused. The bit that annoyed me though is "... we hadn't thought about the rain, that it would rain like this." The constant references to the rain is annoying on two fronts; 1) It is Sri Lanka in the monsoon season! 2) Most games have had the threat of rain, 3) Early in the 1st game of the night, the clouds came across, (over an hour earlier) 4) Everyone knows spinners & rain don't mix TBC

  • on September 29, 2012, 7:45 GMT

    Why don`t you blame yourself Dhoni instead of rain..Its bcoz of ur captaincy India hasn`t won any of the Super six matches in last two T20 WC`s and btw we dont look like making this time as well..Why can`t u be proactive in first place instead of ur lame excuses.since the weather was already predicted to be rainy, u cud have opted for one extra seamer and the decision to bat first when there was rain around makes no sense either..Hope 4r the next T20 WC Dhoni makes simliar decision as Dravid,Ganguly and Sachin did in 2007..

  • Narbavi on September 29, 2012, 7:44 GMT

    @Jayawardane Chandana: Where were you mate when your team got repeatedly thrashed by us recently??

  • on September 29, 2012, 7:43 GMT

    Yeah, you didn't think it would rain like this did you? After all it's the dry season eh! It was sunny during the whole tournament and none of the matches were curtailed because of rain, wasn't it? Great excuse MS! Great Excuse! But what i saw was you struggled when batting. Kohli had to go early and you didn't include viru Cos' he was out of form and yes you guys are scared of australians!! Which was evident in the last Aus tour!

  • 512fm on September 29, 2012, 7:42 GMT

    Typical really from Dhoni, instead of just coming out and saying we were awful I made some bad decisions (like captains of other teams would), he blames it on the rain. India should seriously think about giving Kohli a captaincy role in the near future, hes the only bright aspect of Indian cricket currently unfortunately.

  • Yousufahmedl on September 29, 2012, 7:40 GMT

    Then how did the Pakistani spinners dominate yesterday?? Fact is our bowlers pitched up but Indians bowled short giving Watson and Warner a field day!

  • pat_one_back on September 29, 2012, 7:40 GMT

    Out batted, out bowled, out fielded & out captained, yeah the rain stole the match... Man up MS.

  • screamingeagle on September 29, 2012, 7:35 GMT

    Save it, MS. Our team was rubbish. Get thrashed in the remaining two games and get back home. That's all. Kthxbai

  • on September 29, 2012, 7:33 GMT

    oh plzzzzzzz, if u are worlds best team you should be able to beat any team under any circumstances,but for a team ranked 7th or something, this must be a good result

  • on September 29, 2012, 7:32 GMT

    MS Dhoni clarifies his remark. It was not "Rain drops" but "Rain Sixes" was the main reason for humiliating defeat.

  • fancyag on September 29, 2012, 7:27 GMT

    Why can't team India accept the defeat instead of seeking excuses. Weather forecast was available. It had said chances of rain and thundershowers. India had won the toss why did it select to bat first with a strong batting line. if it knew that should there be rain later its spinners will have difficulaty to grip the ball.

  • on September 29, 2012, 6:53 GMT

    no thoughts on scoring 140 against a quality team like australia ??

  • on September 29, 2012, 6:47 GMT

    Excuses excuses...Dhoni you're nothing but a cry baby!

  • Soumyajit4India on September 29, 2012, 6:40 GMT

    Come on MS, can't say that in Int'l cricket with so much experience in...My 2 cents is not with the spin but with the pace attack..No one..absolutely no one in Indian pace attack could test Aussies or for that matter any team with short pitched stuff...that's the problem...bring back Ishant Sharma...or any tear away pace bowler India has...Do we have any by the way?? :-( What is NCA doing???

  • on September 29, 2012, 6:37 GMT

    He never accepts his mistake and has a region to blame pitch and other everytime, see AV, he said there are few captaincy errors, Dhoni things he is always right.. worst fellow...

  • on September 29, 2012, 6:36 GMT

    Rain rain go away... come again another day... Doni & his team wants to play... Rain rain go away...

  • on September 29, 2012, 6:33 GMT

    Aussies make mince meat of the mighty Indians.Good riddance of the big heads.

  • on September 29, 2012, 6:22 GMT

    Pathetic excuse Mr Dhoni :( With Yuvi, Raina & Rohit; still you needed 3 specialist spinners... Why not take in Tiwary instead of Chawla?

  • Advanced_Donkeys on September 29, 2012, 6:12 GMT

    Mr Dhoni..What is your excuse for dropping Sehwag? Rain ? Did you fear that Sehwag would get cold and fever?

  • Advanced_Donkeys on September 29, 2012, 6:09 GMT

    Rain Rain go away..... Come again another day.... Little Dhoni wants to blame.......

  • Sanawana on September 29, 2012, 5:57 GMT

    I'd disagree as the part timer Yuvraj Singh gripped it nicely and his spell was comparatively better! I'd say Dhoni didnt use his bowling options properly; He was looking for wicket thats why he stuck with Ashwin even though he leaked runs but that was not the right way to go; Ashwin was just under pressure! The story might have been different if Zaheer Khan was given the lbw; India wasn't lucky enough to draw the first blood earlier and they succumbed to pressure because Indians dont believe in their bowling; It's true!

  • CBVIJAY on September 29, 2012, 5:55 GMT

    Start packing indians.. u r again going to lose all Super Eight mathches with these bowling department...

  • on September 29, 2012, 5:46 GMT

    Agree with the rain thing that made spinners to be a total waste.. but its not only this reason to blame its poor captaincy that led to this debacle.. some of them are goin with ashwin for the first over instead of Irfan who is a swing bowler and can only swing the ball wen its new more effectively.. and more to the selection of the team. Purely this was a Gamble which didnt workout to him.

  • Nmiduna on September 29, 2012, 5:41 GMT

    pathetic! didn't expect such a lame response from dhoni!

  • ultracoach on September 29, 2012, 5:39 GMT

    hahaha!!! In the world cup final when Lasith Malinga said, he didnt bowl well because of a wet ball, how did we react. Now when two of the best T20 batsment thrash us we blame the wet ball. What double standards. If the spinners couldnt grip the ball, where were the best seamers ZK, & IP, hiding? Why didnt the batsmen put a bigger acore on the board? India never looses to a better side, (unless Nature or DRS, or umpiring error etc intervene!!). Let's give credit where it belongs. Australia Thrashed India period.

  • on September 29, 2012, 5:34 GMT

    Oh,, Leave the poor rain out of this MSD :)) get your facts right

  • on September 29, 2012, 5:23 GMT

    well next match title "pitch hampered spinners" after "wind hampered spinners" and no need for another statement REALLY TITLE SHOULD BE "IPL AND CLT20 HAMPERED SPINNERS".they have played against them for 5 years of ipl every thing the spinners are trying to do is already known.

  • Bay-Lagaam on September 29, 2012, 5:20 GMT

    Rain is gonna come for india with green storm... as Pakistan gonna make this trophey just a dream for india... pack ur bag guys coz Pakistan has to win this tournamnet at any cost... so many analysis so many critism over Pakistani team but in the end winning matters not analysis and history proved that Pakistan is the only team to play every semi final and this time final too... Go Green Go... Thrash Indian Club Cricketers they only can perform in commercial club cricket (IPL).

  • gameover786 on September 29, 2012, 5:13 GMT

    but u also cannot consider they are bowling well from the one match that they played agnst england...............that is the most hilarious excuse given by dhoni....

  • on September 29, 2012, 4:44 GMT

    The ever so good with the words..MS Dhoni lol! He is good at making excuses!

  • azamscar on September 29, 2012, 4:37 GMT

    of course its Dhoni. something has to be blamed, fortunately for him there was a 10 second rain.

  • Anil_Koshy on September 29, 2012, 4:26 GMT

    Dhoni should blame his and his teams batting for the defeat, apart from Virat Kohli there is no other player in India who can withstand quality fast bowling. Dhoni wasted a lot of deliveries and got out when it really mattered. Suresh Raina is good only good in IPL. Its time that India should blood youngsters like Rahane and Rayadu in the team, at least in the shorter formats of the game. India should include players who are good in all conditions and able to cope with short rising balls, every team in the world knows India batsmen are inept at handling short balls. India will surely miss out on semi final berth if they fail field a balanced side.

  • on September 29, 2012, 4:17 GMT

    Cricinfo... why r u deleting my comments... do they hurt u ppl... ? here poor doni giving a excuse of the biggest thumping .... 2 MINUTES RAIN HAMPERED THE SPINNERS... !!! what a JOKER ... he find excuses in every defeat .... sign of a star captain... lmfao !!!

  • UN_Jonty on September 29, 2012, 4:15 GMT

    They always have a reason............ then wt about india's batting..... what about fast bowlers... they beaten by pakistan and now by auzi.....

  • sathyajit on September 29, 2012, 4:09 GMT

    We lost the game way before the rain came, due to the pathetic batting...

  • on September 29, 2012, 4:04 GMT

    Poorest of excuses i see..... whenever, India loses a match he either blames the pitch.. or the conditions or the ground....

  • on September 29, 2012, 3:58 GMT

    India should stick with the same team, and try and beat pakistan and south africa , to get a birth in semis!

  • sandy_bangalore on September 29, 2012, 3:56 GMT

    Its excuses like these that makes even Indian cricket fans like me want our team to get knocked out early. Our overhyped, overpaid stars, despite having the best of facilities back home need perfect conditions(flat pitches, crumbling turners) in order to compete, and once they factors like green pitches, cloud cover, drizzle come into the pitcure, the excuses roll out readily, not only from the skipper, but also from someof our overzealous fans and has-been pundits. Atleast hoping that for the millions back home who have invested a lot of faith in this team, they atleast give the saffers and pakistan a good game. And one thing is clear: We have the worst bowling attack of all teams in the super eights!! So much for the various academies and the MRF foundation.

  • Balumekka on September 29, 2012, 3:37 GMT

    Yes, sure... Otherwise how come this champion Indian team loose even a single game? The pitch, rain everything are part of a conspiracy against Indians winning this T20 WC. BCCI should look into this matter seriously!!!!

  • Badgerofdoom on September 29, 2012, 3:35 GMT

    Did India totally misread the pitch thinking it would turn sideways? I don't really know why they picked so many spinners. The most effective bowlers in the game were the pace bowlers. Dhoni just has to be honest and admit they picked the wrong team and were outplayed.

  • ms2000 on September 29, 2012, 3:32 GMT

    I think the biggest problem india is facing is the lack of youngsters with quick reflections.Most of the Indian players are too old and are slow to react. Professional players cant complaint about the rain and no rain or fast or flat tracks. They should be able to get adjusted to any condition. That is is where professionalism comes in. But Unfortunately most Indian batsmen cannot adjust themselves to fast tracks. IPL is pushing indian cricket to the backseat playing on slow tracks.

  • Yousufahmedl on September 29, 2012, 3:12 GMT

    Keep saying that Kettleborough made 2 major LBW howlers, but then DRS is the answer and since it is sans DRS, live with it Dhoni! Forgot how India benefited from atrocious umpiring in the 2 tests against NZ? Forgot how India benefited from bad umpiring in the ODI series against Sri Lanka?

  • Sri_Rules on September 29, 2012, 3:12 GMT

    Hey Dhoni, is it the only reason? What about your radical decision to leave out shewag? Stop DICTATING the Indian team.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on September 29, 2012, 3:07 GMT

    Hahaha.... Excuses galore. Ladies and gentlemen, please give a standing ovation to Mr. Excuse! Shame!

  • PTtheAxis on September 29, 2012, 3:04 GMT

    yes sure. it wasnt his (dhoni's) 21 ball 15 which hampered india. shameless. this guy needs to be removed from T20 team immediately. am sure his strike rate will soon be below even 100 soon if he is allowed to continue. he plays T20 like tests and tests like T20. and what about the crazy decision to give ashwin 3 straight overs. no intelligence or sense. have been syaoing here for a long time that it is time to end his test and t20 selection otherwise results will be there for everyone to see.

  • Uppercut07 on September 29, 2012, 3:01 GMT

    Does this guy have no shame?? giving lame excuses after a thumpiing!! Let's say spinners were hampered by rain, but that is NO AN EXCUSE for loosing the match in 15 OVERS!!!!!!:D

  • TheRedox on September 29, 2012, 3:00 GMT

    Dhoni,better to accept your faults than making excuses.Just few rain drops change the game?Then what about strange decisions as leaving out viru and only posting 140?Lot of talks before India as the best batting line in the series.What a fall down.lol

  • PkRules on September 29, 2012, 2:59 GMT

    Indians are the Cry babies of world cricket. Every time they loose, its either the pitch, the weather, the umpire, the technology, or something else. It is never their fault.....

  • pritpalpabla on September 29, 2012, 2:53 GMT

    excuses again....comm'on dhoni..

  • on September 29, 2012, 2:42 GMT

    Agree with Dhoni.140 was a fighting total to defend wth spinners in hand.But Aussies were lucky lastnight.

  • on September 29, 2012, 2:35 GMT

    and it was just a passing drizzle...not interrupted the game at least for 3 minutes...

  • chiruvarma on September 29, 2012, 2:34 GMT

    It is routine for dhoni to blame ptch, fielding, bowling.. this time its rain. One should blame dhoni for loss agnst aus, for his WORST captaincy. Aus are under pressure when they came to bat, but dhoni ease their pressure with ashwin on attack, for consecutivr 3 overs, leavin IRFAN PATHAN, wicket taker with new ball. then they pick the form and no one has answers. Dont know what confidence dhoni had in Ashwin & Rohit and not had in Sehwag. Sehwag should be in the team leaving Rohit out.. rohit plays one match and flops for 100 matches...

  • Yousufahmedl on September 29, 2012, 2:32 GMT

    When India were batting in the last 3 overs of their innings, it drizzled lightly but Aussies had no trouble. Rain fell for just a minute when play stopped in the middle of the 1st over of the Aussie innings and play started in 10 or 15 minutes. Fact was that the Indian school boy spin bowlers bowled short pitch balls giving Warner and Watson a staple diet. What a comprehensive thrashing and well done Australia!

  • on September 29, 2012, 2:31 GMT

    what's news about this?MS Dhoni making an excuse for the loss...Thats typical and expected in every match they lose....:P

  • Kannan18 on September 29, 2012, 2:24 GMT

    There you go ! Here he comes with another reason. Fed up of hearing this. Why cant he just admit we were pathetic and Aus was a betterteam on the day. Aus was not at theri best, but India doesnt have an bowlers to get in to their weak midde order.

  • ramz_01 on September 29, 2012, 2:19 GMT

    hmmm I'm a Sri lanka fan I hate international captain makes silly excuse s. as a top leaval international side should knw hw to handly theis situations rather tthen blaming da god of haven they should try to learn hw to handle theis situations. and that is nt a excuse bcz india side has experience bowlers such as harbajan,ashwin nd zaheer and othr thing is 140 is nowhr enough for challenge australia. so stop moaning nd learn to frm mistakes dhoni..

  • on September 29, 2012, 2:02 GMT

    Dhoni, What you are telling are lame excuses. There are some serious problems in the team and they needed to be sorted out. Any team can have off-day any day. If only you could say we will learn from the mistakes you made, you could be accepted. On the match at Chennai, you told during the last few overs ball was not coming to the bat. It is also lame excuse because you are supposed to know chennai conditions very well being the IPL captain of Chennai.

  • on September 29, 2012, 2:01 GMT

    Here we go.. once again Dhoni fails to accept his team was beaten comprehensively by a much better, smarter side(Aus) who executed their game plan nearly-perfect.The margin of defeat is so huge that it seems to be unlikely that India can make it the Semis. I just wonder why blame a eety beetsy drops of rains which fell just for 5 minutes.Accept you have been thrashed India.

  • on September 29, 2012, 1:48 GMT

    According to me Rohit sharma and piyush chawla should be kept out of the team and should be replaced by batsmen like manoj tiwary and balaji who can bowl better.

  • Marcio on September 29, 2012, 1:47 GMT

    A fair point, but probably best to just shut up about it, considering how many nasty folks there are out there who will bash you for mentioning it. Next game!

  • dvmaz on September 29, 2012, 1:39 GMT

    No it didn't Dhoni. You Lost and lost badly!!! just accept it

  • on September 29, 2012, 1:31 GMT

    I ma an indian Fan.....but i have to say that with this bowling attack india cannot win big tournament :(...also wrong selection

  • shewal on September 29, 2012, 1:28 GMT

    Loss & Dhoni's excuses are becoming Synonyms... last time it was Slow Pitch & this time Rain... When the whole world knows its Rainy season & most of the stage games were affected; how can one not think about Rain... By doing this; Dhoni is making sure his 5 bowler (3 spinner) & drop Sehwag (personal issues) strategy can be tried again.. masking the real issue...

  • on September 29, 2012, 1:19 GMT

    Not only the rain, the round shape of the ball too may too have played a bigger part in India's loss today. What is going to be his lame excuse when Pakistan trash them and knocks them out of the tournament?

  • on September 29, 2012, 1:19 GMT

    ohh poor bugger making excuses to uncontrollable rain... as a captain u should think about everything not only batting n bowling.. this is not a new thing for him he makes excuses after every loss... Such a great ATTITUDE !!!

  • carjunan on September 29, 2012, 1:16 GMT

    what happened if didn't rain:Australia 70 for all out. harbhajan 4overs 8 for 3 ashwin 4overs 7 for 4 chaula 4overs 9for 3 zaheer 2overs 30 for 0

    WOOWW, WHAT AMAZING RESULTS FOR INDIA,,,heee heee heee @ganguly:pakistan spinners are spinners who can bowl, turn against bigger sides.thats why they turned the ball.but poor indian spinners, they are minnows in every format.

  • here2rock on September 29, 2012, 1:13 GMT

    Didn't Dhoni knew the weather forecast before the game started? It appears Team India lacks good planning. Why did he chose to bat first? India's weakness is bowling, how could Dhoni think that this bowling line up could defend 140-150? This Indian team is not balanced when you go in a game with plan A and no other plan then you are surely asking for a lot of trouble. Packing your team with spinners and lack of quality seamers is always a problem for India. India won't make to the next round because it lacks quality leadership, planning and some common sense selection policies.

  • Sinhabahu on September 29, 2012, 1:10 GMT

    Excuses, excuses. Too funny LOL!

  • wolf777 on September 29, 2012, 1:07 GMT

    The answer is Google Weather...Next time check the weatehr before the game...

  • on September 29, 2012, 1:07 GMT

    Rain is the perfect excuse. Ok, Dhoni. This time it wasn't that the pitch that suddenly slowed down when you came to bat. It rained, and that helped the Austrlian seamers, and made it worse for the Indian spinners. But if it didn't rain in Oz or England, the bounce would be too high. Next match, there will be cloudy just when you come in to bat. "Cloudy when Dhoni bats" is the weather forecast. The wind, the sun, injuries, bad decisions, luck, the toss, the stadium lights....not to worry, Mr. Dhoni, you haven't run of excuses. Not yet.

  • sifat08 on September 29, 2012, 1:07 GMT

    Only a loser blames others :)

  • BeCalmAndSupportEngland on September 29, 2012, 1:06 GMT

    Sourav ganguly: because of rain indian spinners could not grip the ball. Thats why indians lost. ohh god please dont let rain in indias next game.otherwise poor indian team will have excuses again in future games.Bangladesh are better than this indian flat track bullie guys.go india goo.................LOL

  • on September 29, 2012, 1:01 GMT

    Sehwag should replace Yuvraj who is neither a top-class batsman nor a bowler.

  • Stephen_Smith on September 29, 2012, 0:57 GMT

    Got to love these overhyped players blaming 45 second rain shower as a poor excuse. India has been playing Cricket for nearly 100 years, yet they are still a ordinary side. Better stick to playing minnows on flat wickets eh boys.

  • Zahidsaltin on September 29, 2012, 0:35 GMT

    Excuse after excuse. But why not tell the truth. Kohli is the only reliable batsman in the indian team and he didn't score runs today.

  • on September 29, 2012, 0:33 GMT

    So it was really poor captaincy and selection then. Because its been raining in sri lanka the whole tournament. India chose to bat first, India chose 3 spinners.

  • Farce-Follower on September 29, 2012, 0:16 GMT

    Stop blaming the elements, Mr MSD. You bungled your way throughout. Gambhir and Pathan are poor openers. And the spinners were ordinary. Better that you focus on Champions League. You are best suited for Carnival Cricket.

  • BrisVegan on September 28, 2012, 23:47 GMT

    List of things contributing to India's loss, in order of highest impact to lowest impact: 1) Warner and Watson. Period. 2) Wrong choice at the toss. Even if we have the benefit of hindsight, surely weather information was available close to the toss 3) Inept batting by team India (technically AND for lack of urgency and intelligence); Woeful batting to the Aussie quicks, overall 4) Indian spinners bowled too short and without variety, and at times tried to be too fancy (e.g. Ashwin's delivery pause); once Warner and Watson hit a couple of sixes the spinners never recovered and lost the plot 5) No Sehwag. He might've done a Watson and changed the game. Irfan Pathan is no Sehwag. 6) Not playing in India [okay that was cheeky, I admit] 7) Two minutes of rain. I'm pretty sure I've seen spinners bowl not ineffectively with a "wet" ball. It's called "flight" and subtle variation.

  • TissaPerera on September 28, 2012, 23:46 GMT

    Pathetic excuse. Rain or no rain, they woudn't have defended 140.

  • on September 28, 2012, 23:38 GMT

    Dhoni, Bhai its very unsportsmanlike to make these types of excuses. YOu were outplayed in all departments by Australia who were far better throughout the game.

  • on September 28, 2012, 23:29 GMT

    Did he look at the weather forecast for the time of the match? If the rain was in forecast could he at least change his mind about bowling first instead of batting? I don't know how far ahead of the start of the match he has to announce the playing eleven and perhaps there was time to change that too. It was a humiliating defeat and sometime you wonder if the phobia against pace bowling still persists with Indian batsmen? For all practical purposes you can count India out of this T20 tournament. Mr. Dhoni is always full of excuses and arrgantly stubborn it seems to me.Wonder what the team would be against Pakistan?

  • on September 28, 2012, 23:21 GMT

    Lets face it! Even Canada has better bowlers than India.

  • JB77 on September 28, 2012, 23:15 GMT

    I think India have more to worry about than the rain - the most obvious being player fitness. The difference between the Indian and Australian players last night was obvious - too many of the Indians are noticably out of shape. Compare Dhoni and Watson - both 31, both power-hitters - Watson looks super-fit, Dhoni looks overweight. Yes, Watson is a bowler, but Dhoni has a similar workload when keeping for a match. Dhoni's not the only one either. I know the IPL earns these players a lot of mooney, but they don't have to spend it all on food.

  • thebrownie on September 28, 2012, 23:13 GMT

    This performance puts IPL in perspective. The standards are ridiculously low. And Sehwag is these days only good enough to make runs against club bowlers!

  • samedwards on September 28, 2012, 23:06 GMT

    yet another excuse by Mr. dhoni..why can't he just be a man, come out and say that the bowlers performed dreadfully..

  • pat_one_back on September 28, 2012, 23:04 GMT

    Poor excuses from a team simply blown away with the bat, ball and in the field. How about "We came up against a quality attack and in form top order and simply didn't bring a good enough game today"...

  • Chris_P on September 28, 2012, 23:02 GMT

    Oh, the RAIN was the reason you lost. I knew it had to have been something important is we are ranked down so low. Of course, winning the toss, not getting enough runs had zero input. As soon as the rains stops, all will return to normal. Interesting.

  • borat_my_man on September 28, 2012, 22:56 GMT

    I'm sure it was the rain, Mr Dhoni ... just be a man and congratulate Aussies on beating India fair and square.

  • RVC-38 on September 28, 2012, 22:47 GMT

    do not know about the rain, but as i said before the game maybe Australia cannot play spin ,but India cannot play medium pace, fast bowling or outside of India (except against England)

  • Wozzz on September 28, 2012, 22:43 GMT

    Sorry about the rain Mr Dhoni. For the next game can we please have 24C and no wind to ensure maximum performance?

  • on September 28, 2012, 22:39 GMT

    MSD actually meant had it rained harder after first innings both teams would have ended up having a point each... Its far better than the hammering they received from destructive aussie openers. Had u noticed during the first over when ashwin was smacked by warner on one knee over mid-on, body language dropped drastically. Thank god it happened in first super 8 match. Now atleast they will try to make extra effort in the remaining ties.....

  • seniorgators on September 28, 2012, 22:38 GMT

    Shane Watson summed it up best after the game "In the end you have to make do with what conditions were given to you," he said. "India went in with three frontline spinners and in the end there is likely to be some rain around, like there always has been in Colombo, so you just have to make the best of the conditions and play as well as you possibly can." Worth some thought MS given you won the toss so you at least had some control given the weather forecast.

  • Nutts on September 28, 2012, 22:34 GMT

    Enough with the excuses................................

  • seniorgators on September 28, 2012, 22:30 GMT

    Mr Dhoni The main reason you could not put on any pressure on Australia was India had not made enough runs! Clearly the rain did'nt help but you won the toss, batted and simply were outplayed.

  • Indiaisnow on September 28, 2012, 22:29 GMT

    Rain in England, rain in SL, rain in Australia.. blah blah blah.. Mr. Dhoni wake up.. more than half of your team is either low or lacking in confidence (Chawla, Harbhajan, Rohit Sharma, Yuvraj, Pathan). The other half cannot play short pitched bowling (Raina, Gambhir). Your team is effectively one batsman (Kohli). the rest cannot even make a C grade Aussie team.. yet you continue to rely on IPL performances to decide international team composition.. if you ask me, we need to do a 2007 again.. ie sack the whole team and send some fresh legs.. at least they wont crib about rain.

  • Jose on September 28, 2012, 22:28 GMT

    Go ahead with same strategy (8 bowlers + 3 batsmen) against Pak. I am sure Pak will break the spell of losing against India in WC.

  • Ganesh1015 on September 28, 2012, 22:22 GMT

    It is unfortunate to hear Dhoni giving excuses for the loss.....he should have been brave enough to admit that they were annihilated by 2 W's and must admit they did not bowl with a plan.....also as a captain he should have expected rain during the match since it was already predicted and should have bowled first rather than blaming rain for the loss....

  • on September 28, 2012, 22:16 GMT

    hahahahahaha india lost and blame it on the rain old trick

  • Buggsy on September 28, 2012, 22:15 GMT

    Here come the excuses again. Face it Dhoni, you were outplayed and your bowlers threw down pies. So what's the excuse for your poor batting display? Lack of rain?

  • on September 28, 2012, 22:11 GMT

    what a cop out lol... just admit you guys were outplayed and didn't perform well

  • on September 28, 2012, 22:11 GMT

    Excuses as usual my dear Sir .. not one line that the opposition played well and were really head and shoulders over india. Proves that you dont need 5 weak bowlers but 3 good ones and 02 support bowlers - India has none and this cant be papered over by curtailing your batting length. Yes the knives would be out for dropping sehwag but to be fair, wouldnt have matterd in the final result. 5 overs to spare is as comprehensive as they come and India have been exposed on all fronts. Looks like curtains for them with too many deficiencies to overcome. Cummins proves that genuine pace works be it any pitch. Aussie have a good chance but still their batting needs to be tested - not fully convinced they could beat better bowling sides. Pakistan and the windies look hot right now .

  • on September 28, 2012, 22:10 GMT

    Lol they have all the reasonings...i mean seriously if the team openly says that its batting is its forte....then why care about 4 or 5 bowlers....just go hard purely as batsman ...the way aussies used their arsenal of pacers against the so called batsmen

  • SurlyCynic on September 28, 2012, 22:10 GMT

    Ah I see, this thrashing was all the fault of the rain and the roller. Thanks for clearing that up. Reminds me a bit of the excuses about the pitch after the Afghanistan game (and many other occasions).

  • steve_mcking1 on September 28, 2012, 22:06 GMT

    Dhoni didn't see the weather forecast?

  • TestDaBest on September 28, 2012, 22:03 GMT

    Dhoni never seems to accept defeat, he always has one thing or the other to blame. The team played bad cricket and were beaten by a better opposition end of story, move on.

  • on September 28, 2012, 22:00 GMT

    Your batsman can bat only when the wicket is flat; no bounce no swing no movement of ball. your blower can ball when wicket assist them. prepare the list what ur team need to play good cricket and send that list to all the cricketing nation. team india is just not good enough. dont make excuse for loss all the time.

  • on September 28, 2012, 22:00 GMT

    Oh dhoni, you and your petty excuses........ just like some fans who follow you and your team.....

  • Dashgar on September 28, 2012, 21:50 GMT

    Excuses excuses. Got to be able to adjust to the conditions. If it was so tough for the slow guys then why did Irfan Pathan go for 19 in one over. India were destroyed by Watto and Warner and that's the whole story.

  • Meety on September 28, 2012, 21:47 GMT

    I don't think that India lost the game because of rain. There was rain about during the Indian innings & Hogg at times had great control , other times he was a little loose. During the Saffa innings in the first game, there was talk about cloud cover coming in. That was over an hour (possibly two) before the toss of the coin in the second match. IMO - Dhoni would of been better off saying something like, "Yes, it was a bad day at the office. You get that sometimes in T20. Oz played really well, in hindsight we should of bowled first" That would of given due respect to the Ozzys deserved. I admit he sort of in a round about way said that at presentation time, but he also squarely blamed the rain as well. I think it is a poor excuse, he won the toss he needs to cop this one on the chin. Problem for Team India is, they now need to beat Pakistan AND the Saffas, as their net run rate probably will sink them if they are level with any team. India probably need Oz to win the all their games.

  • Ravenous on September 28, 2012, 21:43 GMT

    '' oh and that cricket ball was too round for out liking"

  • on September 28, 2012, 21:43 GMT

    I have seen bowlers bowling with the wet ball before, but I havent seen anybody bowling that badly in any match, Thats just an excuse, you lost to a better side, just admit it and look to improve your performance Dhoni..

  • NewYorkCricket on September 28, 2012, 21:41 GMT

    Stop giving lam excuses. You were absolutely outclassed!! Also this is T20, so go for the maximum. Drop Yuvraj, Gambhir or Rohit. Don't drop Sehwag. He is a matchwinner. I will still play 5 bowlers.

  • Meety on September 28, 2012, 21:39 GMT

    Sometimes I think that Dhoni cops unfair criticsm (particularly from Indian fans). Sometimes he doesn't seem to be bat according the match requirements. When ever India lose, invariably someone will blame him for the loss. I like Dhoni, I think he is the best keeper/batsmen in short form cricket, he is also a W/Cup winning captain & deserves respect. I respect him, HOWEVER, some of the comments in this article are appalling. He says, "To say that the bowlers didn't bowl well based on this one match would be wrong..." yet a paragraph or two later he says - "...All the spinners that we had, whether it was three [specialist] spinners or the part-timers, all of them didn't bowl well..." but the worst comment is "...we hadn't thought about the rain, that it would rain like this." What the???? This is SL, this is Monsoon season, rain has been about all tournament, & the chances for rain in the SECOND game was high! He WON the toss, & didn't think about rain? Clearly not thinking atm!

  • on September 28, 2012, 21:39 GMT

    Dhoni and India selectors made the biggest mistake in history to drop Shewag.

    Shewag also bowls spin. Which of the spinners except for Bhajji can be depended on in t/20?

  • correctcall on September 28, 2012, 21:25 GMT

    Out captained by the novice George Bailey- he is fast learner who you will see more of MSD!

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  • correctcall on September 28, 2012, 21:25 GMT

    Out captained by the novice George Bailey- he is fast learner who you will see more of MSD!

  • on September 28, 2012, 21:39 GMT

    Dhoni and India selectors made the biggest mistake in history to drop Shewag.

    Shewag also bowls spin. Which of the spinners except for Bhajji can be depended on in t/20?

  • Meety on September 28, 2012, 21:39 GMT

    Sometimes I think that Dhoni cops unfair criticsm (particularly from Indian fans). Sometimes he doesn't seem to be bat according the match requirements. When ever India lose, invariably someone will blame him for the loss. I like Dhoni, I think he is the best keeper/batsmen in short form cricket, he is also a W/Cup winning captain & deserves respect. I respect him, HOWEVER, some of the comments in this article are appalling. He says, "To say that the bowlers didn't bowl well based on this one match would be wrong..." yet a paragraph or two later he says - "...All the spinners that we had, whether it was three [specialist] spinners or the part-timers, all of them didn't bowl well..." but the worst comment is "...we hadn't thought about the rain, that it would rain like this." What the???? This is SL, this is Monsoon season, rain has been about all tournament, & the chances for rain in the SECOND game was high! He WON the toss, & didn't think about rain? Clearly not thinking atm!

  • NewYorkCricket on September 28, 2012, 21:41 GMT

    Stop giving lam excuses. You were absolutely outclassed!! Also this is T20, so go for the maximum. Drop Yuvraj, Gambhir or Rohit. Don't drop Sehwag. He is a matchwinner. I will still play 5 bowlers.

  • on September 28, 2012, 21:43 GMT

    I have seen bowlers bowling with the wet ball before, but I havent seen anybody bowling that badly in any match, Thats just an excuse, you lost to a better side, just admit it and look to improve your performance Dhoni..

  • Ravenous on September 28, 2012, 21:43 GMT

    '' oh and that cricket ball was too round for out liking"

  • Meety on September 28, 2012, 21:47 GMT

    I don't think that India lost the game because of rain. There was rain about during the Indian innings & Hogg at times had great control , other times he was a little loose. During the Saffa innings in the first game, there was talk about cloud cover coming in. That was over an hour (possibly two) before the toss of the coin in the second match. IMO - Dhoni would of been better off saying something like, "Yes, it was a bad day at the office. You get that sometimes in T20. Oz played really well, in hindsight we should of bowled first" That would of given due respect to the Ozzys deserved. I admit he sort of in a round about way said that at presentation time, but he also squarely blamed the rain as well. I think it is a poor excuse, he won the toss he needs to cop this one on the chin. Problem for Team India is, they now need to beat Pakistan AND the Saffas, as their net run rate probably will sink them if they are level with any team. India probably need Oz to win the all their games.

  • Dashgar on September 28, 2012, 21:50 GMT

    Excuses excuses. Got to be able to adjust to the conditions. If it was so tough for the slow guys then why did Irfan Pathan go for 19 in one over. India were destroyed by Watto and Warner and that's the whole story.

  • on September 28, 2012, 22:00 GMT

    Oh dhoni, you and your petty excuses........ just like some fans who follow you and your team.....

  • on September 28, 2012, 22:00 GMT

    Your batsman can bat only when the wicket is flat; no bounce no swing no movement of ball. your blower can ball when wicket assist them. prepare the list what ur team need to play good cricket and send that list to all the cricketing nation. team india is just not good enough. dont make excuse for loss all the time.