Earlier, it was reported that Indian skipper MS Dhoni had revealed that there was a chaos in the dressing room before the play started today. Here is what he had to say in the press conference after second test against Australia which the visitors lost by 4 wickets.
“What was really needed was some kind of a partnership, 20-25 minutes batting and things would have been normal. But that didn’t happen. That was the area we lacked and we couldn’t really capitalise on.The defeat is disappointing. But it is important to see the reason why it happened and then you can rectify them. I felt today’s first session was very crucial and I don’t think we handled it really well. That was one of the main reasons (for defeat) because if we had a decent partnership going and got a few more runs, we all knew the wicket was misbehaving to an extent.”
“I don’t really want to create a controversy, but the facilities here can certainly improve.”
“I felt at that point with Mitchell coming, and he is someone who can bat, it was important to use a few bouncers. We have got a few wickets by bouncers and we have bowlers now who can exploit the conditions. All the three bowlers can bowl at decent pace. Mitchell played quite a few shots and there were a lot of catches that were just falling short of fielders or just away. It didn’t really go our way, he kept playing those shots, kept clearing fielders by some margin and we kept changing our plans. It’s not like we will only bowl short, we tried almost all the plans. He scored 80—odd runs and he spent a quite a fair amount of time there. We tried each and every plan and at the end of all it what worked was the new ball,” said the skipper.”
On the sledging on Mitchell Johnson:
“Till they are not abusing each other, and don’t cross the line, it is fine. A lot of kids and elderly people also watch the game. A lot of time we are asked what spirit of cricket is. What I feel is it is something you don’t want your kids to do when they are playing,” the skipper spoke with a word of caution. If anything that is within the boundaries, within the guidelines of the game, I am happy with it. You also want a bit of aggression in the game because it provides entertainment to the spectators,” Dhoni said.
On the remaining matches and India’s future in Test matches:
“The last time we were here we were not really able to compete. That is something very crucial because when you are competing and it is going to the last hour and last day and last moment it can turn at any moment in time. It is exciting to see how the youngsters have put in a fight. They will only learn if they keep playing overseas and we cannot bring in experienced players from anywhere. With a bit more experience to both bowlers and batsmen it will turn out to be a very good side,” the skipper signed off.