I am really disappointed about the two no balls: MS Dhoni

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I am really disappointed about the two no balls: MS Dhoni

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Amlan Majumdar


After losing a close encounter against the Windies, MS Dhoni expressed his disappointment at the two no balls which denied them two crucial wickets. Dhoni insisted that the Indian spinners were taken out of the game due to the dew at the Wankhede Stadium, which made the toss a major deciding factor.

 “I think it was a bad toss to lose. The reason being it was half an hour early start which means when you start by 7, by the time the first innings gets over and the second innings starts – that's the time when the dew starts to set in. When we started bowling, the fast bowlers, I felt the first few overs were not that bad. But once the spinners came, I don't think the spinners had much on offer. That makes it very difficult for us.

“We have a history of not doing very well when it comes to spinners bowling with the wet ball. That has been a big problem for us. One of the world cups we were knocked out because we had one bad game where there was a lot of due. The only thing I am really disappointed about are the two no balls. Other than that, the boys tried their best. We scored over 190, which we believe was a good score looking at the conditions at that point of time. Other than that you have to accept the result,” Dhoni said in the post-match presentation ceremony.

“You have to make a game out of it. If you bring in part-timers at that point of time, Russell or the big hitters will take them on. As I said there was not much on offer. So I wanted the fast bowlers to make a game out of it and then give the part-timers the cushion of the extra five or seven runs and then deal with whatever happens at the death. It was important at that time to make a game out of it I felt they bowled decently if only we could have done slightly better,” he explained.

“It is a demanding format, usually the games are very close. May be you get one or two game where can cruise through an opposition. Most of the time it goes to the last over or the second last over. It is something the players are quite used to. Yes, it is mentally draining because few of our games were really close, but at the same time we are up it. It is not the first time the Indian team has played games like these. These Indian players constantly face games like these in the IPL where the games goes till the end,” Dhoni added.

“We knew it was going to be a massive step. Out fifth step in this tournament, against a very good Indian team. I must commend the way the whole team played together. They came at us in the powerplay, but we stuck to it. We knew it was a 200-wicket, and halfway in the dressing room I kept telling the boys that I think they are 10-run short. Even when we lost Gayle, the way Simmons batted, who was just off the flight, the partnership he and Charles put up, before Russell came on and finished off the match. I am really really happy for the team,” Sammy said.

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