Ind VS Aus ODI Series Lose: Dhoni Blames Himself for Collapse
With the top three Indian batsmen having put up a brilliant show chasing Australia’s score 348, the situation was set for MS Dhoni to do what he is popular for finish the game. India’s ODI captain was just not up to his standard and got out without scoring a single when another 72 runs were required for a first win over Austrlia at the Manuka Oval. This was India’s fourth consecutive defeat on the 5 ODI series and MS Dhoni was to take the blame for the flop after 23 runs defeat in the fourth ODI vs Australia.
Dhoni Takes Blame for Quick Collapse
MS Dhoni said “I would say my wicket really was the turning point. If you see specifically, that’s what my role is in the team to make sure we finish off the game from that kind of situation. At that time, we lost quite a few wickets but I think it was my wicket, because according to the responsibility everybody has, that specifically is my role.”
Dhoni defended his teammates again, saying they were learning on the job, A few of them haven’t played much international cricket.
Having said that, Dhoni said that being a senior player, Jadeja should have communicated better with the new players Gurkeerat Mann and Rishi Dhawan.
Dhoni struggled to get his XI right team in every game and the fourth ODI too. R Ashwin kept side yet again and new players Gurkeerat Mann and Rishi Dhawan played, because they are all-rounder who can bat better than Ashwin. But the both players failed to do up to the situation.
Dhoni’s poor form with the bat has continuted. India team have yet to find a replacement for Suresh Raina and Yuvraj Singh in India’s middle and lower middle order and Dhoni’s dull form as a finisher have left gaping holes.
The series loss is raising questions about the long term viability of MS Dhoni as ODI and T20 captain, with a younger Virat Kohli having shown in the Test cricket that he has ability to injecting fresh energy and ideas into the team.