Mahendra Singh Dhoni says India's batsmen need to rethink their roles in
the team after the side was bundled out for 74 in a nine-wicket Twenty20
loss to Australia. Irfan Pathan was the only man who reached
double-figures and Dhoni said early wickets meant too many players were
forced into unfamiliar tactics.
"We ended up [in a situation where] players who should have played their strokes were [forced to] play some other game, and guys who should have stayed there and given the strokeplayers a base played their shots and got out," Dhoni said. The typically aggressive Dhoni had to attempt a rescue mission after India wobbled to 5 for 32, but could only manage a watchful 9 from 27 balls. Before Dhoni departed, Gautam Gambhir
and Robin Uthappa were both caught when they aimed over the infield and
Rohit Sharma was bowled trying to pull a delivery that was much too full.
"Somewhere in the middle, they forgot their roles and responsibilities in
the team," Dhoni said. "We lost too many early wickets, and in the middle overs it was really hard to determine whether to go after the bowlers or just rotate the strike
because on a wicket like this you cannot really defend 120 runs."
Dhoni was confident the loss would not affect his team's mindset ahead of
the CB Series, though his counterpart Michael Clarke said Australia now
had the momentum. Clarke said as much as India's mistakes, it was
Australia's precision that earned them their first Twenty20 win against
the world champions.
"The way we prepared, studied the Indian batsmen over the last few
Twenty20s that they've played, I think our preparation was spot on and our
execution was exactly how we wanted it," Clarke said. Australia and India
now travel to Brisbane for the opening tri-series game on Sunday.