Need to work on the performance of the tail enders: Dhoni

Mahendra Singh Dhoni

This article was last updated on April 16, 2022

Mahendra Singh DhoniIndian captain, MS Dhoni feels team’s incapability to wrap up the Australian tail was one of the factors responsible for the loss in the first Test against Australia on Thursday. Dhoni, when asked if partnership between Ben Hilfenhaus and James Pattinson made a big difference has replied saying that it the extra 40 runs added by Australian conclusion was a big difference in the context of the recently-concluded match.

He was quoted in as saying, “I think it did. It’s not like the bowlers didn’t try whatever they could. They bowled in the right areas, they pushed [the batsmen] to drive [and] they bowled bouncers also at times.”

“It’s a difficult one because the Kookaburra ball stops doing anything close to the 70th over. We definitely need to find a method to get the lower order out because if they keep adding those extra 30 to 40-odd runs, it can really make the difference.”  

The Indian captain feels the practice session before the match are worthless unless those skills are applied during matches. He said, “You have to leave the deliveries on the bounce but it’s not something that we were practicing over and over again. We wanted to make the most of the 12 to 15 days that we had in our hands. It was just general practice that we did. We were looking good but you need to apply yourself in a particular game.”

Regardless of the loss, Dhoni feels India’s on the whole bowling was a big positive to take forward in the second Test. He said, “All the three bowlers did a very good job. In the first innings we leaked a bit of runs, we bowled a portion short [than] what was needed but after that the bowling department on the whole did a very good job.

“Ishant Sharma did a very good job of containing [the batsmen] which gave an occasion to Zaheer Khan and Umesh to attack a bit more.” “It’s a long series; we have four Test matches.  [It] gives you a lot of room to come back into the series. We will definitely take the positives out of this first game work on the things that went wrong and come back strongly in the next Test match.”

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