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

'Rain hampered spinners' - Dhoni


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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  • raj on October 1, 2012, 16:16 GMT

    It was TENDULKAR'S FAULT!!! Hahahahahahaha

  • Rajesh 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 !!

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 on September 29, 2012, 18:49 GMT

    msd will come back no doubt

  • associate cricket fan 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Phani 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 just didn't matter for them or What? What could do they have done right?

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