Indian suffered the third straight defeat loss in Victoria Beer series against Australia, as a result, lost the series. Yet another hundred of Indian batsman has gone in vain as Glenn Maxwell’s 96 help Australia to rout India in the third ODI by three wickets.
Indian batting first scored 295 for 6. Opener Shikhar Dhawan scored 68, Virat Kohli 117, but once again the bowlers and fielders’s “lack of concentration” lose India the match.
During the press conference, Dhoni was asked about Indian bowlers poor bowling and dismal fielding by Indian fielders. Dhoni in his usual attitude said, “I think is a lack of concentration. In the last match we bowled a couple of wide balls, but in this ODI there were no wide balls, but we gave 10-15 runs due to misfields. We need work on that, then everything will be fine.”
When asked is Indian batsmen playing slow to get hundred, Dhoni smartly responded, “No I don’t feel so. Don’t ask to elaborate, you said you have stats.”
Dhoni did not criticise his bowlers, and he was looked dejected for three straight defeat.
Ravichandran Ashwin was dropped from the today’s match, Dhoni said, “ He bowled well in the last match, but I want to make some changes in the team otherwise, people would ask me why did not you make any changes in the team.I also want to check Rishi Dhawan and Gurkeerat Singh. As Ashwin has been rested I needed a seamer so I took Rishi. And I also can’t drop Ravindra Jadeja as he also bowled well in the last match.”
“The pitch was also a little bit slow, so I thought spinners and seamers would exploit the situations,”
Dhoni said he was not disappointed for this defeat as players individually did well “what we need to do is we have to execute it simultaneously.” He further added, “ it was not biggest disappointment we because all three matches were close.”
Man of the Match Maxwell took a dig at Virat Kohli’s 24th ton
Meanwhile, Glenn Maxwell at the press conference said, “Maybe Indian batsmen are milestone driven.”
Maxwell was asked about his outrageous shot, he said, “As long as you hit the ball to the fence it doesn’t matter how the shot looks.” He was also asked about the last ball shot to get his hundred, he said that he hit the ball for the sake of hitting. “Just wanted to hit over the infield. Didn’t matter if for 3, 4, 6, 8. Just wanted to hit it.”