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India have to grow as a team: Dhoni


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MS Dhoni. -File photo by Reuters

KARACHI: India captain MS Dhoni admitted his side's failings and said that the whole team needed to grow together as a unit after Pakistan clinched the three-match one-day series with a comprehensive 85-run win in the second ODI at Eden Gardens, Kolkata.

Junaid Khan and Nasir Jamshed starred to help Pakistan seal their first series win in India since 2005 on Thursday and Dhoni's side were left questioning themselves after being outplayed by Pakistan, who had earlier won the first ODI in Chennai by six wickets on Sunday.

Dhoni credited his side's bowling, saying the batting collapse was the main issue and it was not lack of experience that was the problem.

"I think the bowlers brought us back in the game, I think when we went in to bat, we lost too many wickets, last 30 overs we needed 180, the key is to have wickets in hand and we never were in a position," he said.

He further said that India have a good fielding side and need to improve other areas to develop as a unit.

"We have got the experience in the batting, it is about them coming back to form, overall we have to grow as a team. We are a good fielding side, but we have to bowl well and develop," he added.

Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq praised Mohammad Hafeez and Nasir Jamshed for giving Pakistan a solid start, adding that the bowlers built on their performance to win the match.

"I think the team really played well, specially the way openers started, they gavea really, really good start and then the bowlers did the job.

"I think the bowlers are really doing a great job, especially Junaid who is moving it both ways. Irfan has his height, Gul also bowled well today and Ajmal and Hafeez always deliver for us," he said.

The third ODI will be played in New Delhi on January 6.

Comments (15) Closed

Obaid Beg Jan 03, 2013 07:52pm
Well it seems the WC was a fluke. They should worry about one days against England. They will be facing 3-swing bowlers...
Aysha Jan 04, 2013 07:45am
I hope they give a chance to Anwar Ali in place of Muhammad Irfan in final ODI.
Kashif Jan 04, 2013 06:40am
Pakistan should have now give the chance to Haris Sohail in place of Azhar Ali and Misbah should retired from ODI after this series.
sam Jan 03, 2013 06:38pm
Anything that must go up must come down. India you cant fill tendulkar, gangu, and dravids feet. It will take you a long time to get back up i wish you all the best.
SOS Jan 03, 2013 06:56pm
Its a shame that Dhoni, could not find few words to appreciate Pakistan's bowling.
Srihari Prasad Jan 04, 2013 05:10am
The better team won. Congratulations to Pakistan!
RP Jan 04, 2013 07:56am
guys this is a transition phase which every team goes through, see what was west indies going through a few years back, Australia , even Pakistan..Look at south africa...they never seem to win the BIG ones....well if some people think indias world cup win was a fluke ...i wish we have this fluke every world cup..
Janjuah Jan 03, 2013 09:22pm
Dhoni should have appreciated Pakistani side in his final comments as we know him a descent capatain with spotsmanspirit like Misbah did un the last match about Dhoni...
Rizwan Jan 03, 2013 09:52pm
Way to go Pakistan on victory against India
Arsalan Khalid Jan 04, 2013 05:28am
Well the Highest wicket taker ih the Indian Bowling Side is Yuvraj Singh, Who, If through Blatant Exaggeration, c an not be called a bowler of International quality! India needs to find some young , fast bowlers with who really bowlo fast. The problem with India's Bowlers is that they are anything but fast! Until then, Its going to to be the same story, with different characters!
Capt C M Khan Jan 03, 2013 11:28pm
If there was Afridi or Umar Akmal playing Pakistan would have never won...Well done Tour selection Team.
G.Sharma Jan 04, 2013 01:24am
India is comprehensively beaten in the series which should not have been played. This was the rest time for Indian cricketers & BCCI must be fully blamed for arranging this.
gaurav Jan 04, 2013 05:01am
I dont think it is a question of growing anymore. This is a transition phase for Indian cricket and will be filled with pain. Mighty aussies saw the plummet...its going to be worse for Indian cricket team. However this is also an opportunity to spring clean. Sehwag:- He has been a champion with great contribution to Indian cricket but its time he is told to have a respectable retirement plan ready. I dont see sehwag play in the next world cup Gauti:- he can be given some rope but the with a clearly mentioned exit criteria... and he should stop dreaming about captaincy yuvraj:-not sure is he has fully recovered but on current form pujara should have a look in Ishant Sharma:- Dont know if the selectors have persisted with him because Wasim akram thinks highly of him but he has got enough chances. He shouldmake way for Irfan comeback . Amit Mishra/Ojha need a lookin in the spi department Captain:- Clearly need spilt captaincy going forward though i believe the selectors should persist with Dhoni till we have players who can justify their space in the team as players first. Irony is Dhoni was unchallenged earlier because of the team performance ...he is unchallenged because of lack of team performance and no credible alternative right now!
ganesh Jan 04, 2013 07:11am
indian team in badpatch from last one year like west indies. now thier think tank change all aspect. but i am never neglect pakistan team approch to win series as team everyone contribute. while from india no one contribute. so well done pakies.
sancha Jan 05, 2013 12:51pm
Indian Team is comprising of players who are out of form. So is the defeat. I don't think there is point in questioning Dhoni's Captancy. India need to restore batting and upgrade bowling.