Dhoni admits outplayed by Aussies

Vadodara, Oct 11 (UNI) India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni today admitted that they were completely outplayed by Australia in all departments of the game.

Speaking to reporters after being handed a huge nine wicket defeat by the world champions, Dhoni said apart from winning the toss nothing went right for the hosts today.''We lost early wickets and from then onwards it all went wrong for us even though Sachin once again showed his class.'' Dhoni also praised the last wicket partnership between Zaheer Khan and R P Singh, saying the two played sensibly and applied their mind to help India reach near the 150 mark.

The Indian captain, however, refused to believe that the series was all over saying that there are two more matches left. ''It will be better to forget this match as soon as possible and then go out and play and apply ourselves well, we can definitely equal the series,'' he said.

Dhoni gave credit to the Australian pacers, saying they bowled in the right areas and were helped by some bad shot selection BY his boys.

The Indian captain also, chose to look at some of the positives, saying that the bowling of R P Singh has been a revelation and the Uttar Pradesh pacer has been improving with every match.

Speaking on his strategy of opening the bowling with a spinner, Dhoni said with just 148 to defend india needed to get early breakthroughs and he thought the spinners might just do the trick. ''bbut unluckily for us the move did not pay off and from then onwards defending such a small total was very difficult,'' he said.

On whether the T20 hangover was still haunting the Indians, Dhoni quickly refuted the allegations saying that there was no relation between T20 triumph and performance in this series.

Australian captain Ricky Ponting, meanwhile, was satisfied with his team's performance crediting his pace bowlers, especially Mitchell Johnson for their victory today.

''It was a comprehensive victory and the players did not loosen the grasp over the Indians at any time in the match. Once we got the early breakthroughs we had them on the backfoot and we ensured that it would remain the same way,'' the Aussie captain said.

Ponting once again congratulated Indian stalwart Sachin Tendulkar on his playing his 400th match, saying he (Sachin) once again showed the class that he has with his knock under tremendous pressure.

Meanwhile, man of the man Mitchell Johnson credited the work put in by him during the off season at the MRF Academy as the reason for his rise in international cricket and today's success.


Story first published: Saturday, October 13, 2007, 14:10 [IST]
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