After the humiliating 214 run defeat against South Africa, India’s ODI and T20 captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni admitted that the historic loss against proteas assures the fact that the ODI team is not well settled at the moment and issues need to be addressed soon to get the national cricket team in order.
“We have to look at the larger picture. (Otherwise) may be you will win a series here and there. But to be consistent you have to have a settled team. To a lot of extent our team does not look to be that settled,” Dhoni said candidly in the post-match press conference.
After allowing South Africa to post 438 for four, the highest conceded ever by India in ODIs, the hosts were shot out for 224 in 36 overs Dhoni also affirmed that the team is in a tough spot.
“I know India is more about result, but at the same time you won’t always get the results if you are not looking into the process. It’s a tough situation,” he said.
“But at the same time we are looking for solution. We have to try a few other things, because if you are doing the same thing, you will get the same result,” he added.
Asked what went wrong in the series-decider, Dhoni replied “Don’t ask me today what went wrong. Close to 450 runs had been scored by South Africa, and you are asking this,” to peals of laughter from the mediapersons.
“Kuch catches choote hain (some catches were dropped), we bowled a bit short in the beginning and gave width to the batsmen. Up to 20-25 overs we were in some control but once they accelerated 10-12-15 runs an over were scored. 438 or 440 is a very difficult target to chase,” he said.
“They (South Africa) batted very well here. We wanted to go for it and decided to give ourselves some time to build up partnerships and the overall plan was to bat 50 overs. Sometimes it happens and at other times it does not,” he added.
The 2011 World Cup winning captain was under a lot of pressure after he made a few changes to the batting order but he defended his decision pertinently.
“You have to look at the venue, what kind of wicket is provided and accordingly you have to make changes. I made a few changes in the batting order to see what gives more strength to our batting order, what looks like a very good composition when you are chasing. All these things you have to study,” explained Dhoni.
Dhoni, who retired from Test cricket early this year, also said that the Indian team will do well against South Africa in the four-match series beginning November 5 in Mohali.
(With inputs from the PTI)