Dhoni about the Failure

February 26, 2009 at 2:57 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , )

M.S. Dhoni, the Indian captain, cited his side’s failure to analyse the situation while batting as the reason for the seven-wicket defeat in the first Twenty20 International here on Wednesday.

“One area we need to improve upon is analysing the situation,” said Dhoni. “I think most of the batsmen batted well and were looking in good nick. But the mistake we committed was that we went with the momentum. At times you have to analyse whether you are happy with the extra 25 runs or get to a total your bowlers can defend.”
“It’s very important to realise where the game is going and what your contribution can be. Whenever you go after the bowlers for big shots there is risk involved. It looks very good but you have to realise what a safe score is on that kind of wicket.”Dhoni, however, stressed that his side would learn from the error.“One thing for sure is we have learnt a lot from our mistakes,” he said. “We are a good side that learns very quickly. ”Dhoni also had praise for his bowlers. “The bowlers did a fantastic job, especially Harbhajan Singh, who played after a long time. Same way, Zaheer Khan and Ishant Sharma contributed and bowled well.”Pleased Daniel Vettori was understandably chuffed with New Zealand’s day. “There are number of aspects I was pleased with,” said Vettori. “Obviously we were put under immense pressure at the start. The way bowlers responded to it, and the way they restricted a destructive team like India to 160-odd was excellent. And then in the chase, Brendon McCullum was the rock, and Martin Guptill, Ross Taylor and Jacob Oram played around him.”


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India in NewZealand

February 22, 2009 at 5:15 am (cricket) (, , , , )

A game of rugby and some fielding and batting drills comprised the strenuous three-hour workout that the Indian team went through ahead of the series against New Zealand that kicks off with a Twenty20 match on February 25.The visitors practised at the picturesque Bert Sutcliffe ground.Although Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s men are the Twenty20 world champions, they will bear in mind that they had been humbled by 10 runs by the resilient Kiwis during the inaugural championship at Johannesburg last September.Warming up with a game of touch rugby, Dhoni’s men were put through fielding drills by coach Gary Kirsten before they moved to the adjacent ground for a hit at the nets.Kirsten spent some time with Rohit Sharma, urging the youngster to get his front foot in the right place while driving the ball.Time and again, Kirsten walked up to the middle to guide the Mumbaikar with his bio-mechanics before Rohit got his act right in the second session for a knock against Ishant Sharma and Irfan Pathan.
Sachin Tendulkar took to the nets soon after, often walking up to Kirsten and asking him to pitch the ball on a particular spot so that he could lean into his shots. Pace spearhead Zaheer Khan chose to go for a run alongside bowling coach Venkatesh Prasad, much after his team-mates had wound up the nets.
The team arrived here on Friday after a strenuous journey, prolonged by transit layovers at Hong Kong and Auckland.India, who play two Twenty20 matches, a five-ODI series followed by three Tests during the tour, have not won a Test series in New Zealand for the past 41 years.

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