We would have won the game had I contributed 10% more – MS Dhoni
What team India witnessed at Delhi was a complete eye opener against New Zealand. Their renowned batting, known to chase mammoth targets against all opponents, was in for a reality check, as against a side of spirited bowlers, they found chasing 243 pretty tough. India could get close to the target, mainly due to the surge lower down the order by all-rounder Hardik Pandya, who was involved in an entertaining stand with Umesh Yadav for the ninth wicket.
Post India’s loss by 6 runs, skipper MS Dhoni blamed his own dismissal in the post-match press conference. Dhoni, who wasn’t at his fluent best, was guiding the team along before he was dismissed 39, courtesy of a sensational catch from Tim Southee. The Indian captain admitted that his side would have won the game, had he contributed even 10% more.
“If you see, there were quite a few partnerships but we kept losing wickets after every partnership,” Dhoni said. “When you are chasing a score like this it is important that you need to keep a few wickets because the runs were coming. Even if you need six or seven runs an over, in the end, it can easily be achieved, but our problem was that we kept losing the wickets. In fact in the 41st over, we lost two wickets. It’s not about one batsman, I felt throughout we lost wickets. Any batsman could have said that had I contributed 10 percent more we would have won the game,” Dhoni said.
Dhoni mentioned that Pandya’s knock under pressure would be a good learning experience for the all-rounder. “You always have to target who are the bowlers you want to hit and in these kinds of situation even the last ball counts,” Dhoni said. “So it is always a good exposure for a player when he is under the pump and it always teaches you a lot. May be if that shot would have gone over point it could have been a boundary and everything would have been different. He is still learning and it will be harsh on him [to expect to take the game until the final over.”
When quizzed about the pitch, Dhoni admitted that batting got tougher as the game progressed. “What happened here is that it the wicket was slightly slow. What generally happens is when you have dew, the ball still comes on to the bat better. But I felt it was best to bat in the day time and as the game kept progressing the wicket got slightly slower and slower,” the Indian captain signed off.
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