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India have to grow as a team: Dhoni

January 03, 2013

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.