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Dhoni blames batters for the defeat

Source - hindu.com

Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Friday blamed the batsmen for the team's horrific nine-wicket loss to Australia in the Twenty20 match, saying they just did not take up the responsibility.

"The batsmen did not know their roles, they tried to play too many strokes and before we realised it was too late," said Dhoni after India lost to Australia by nine wickets.

Australia overhauled India's paltry 74 with 8.4 overs to spare to register their first win against the World Champions of the newest format.

"We played a batsman short and the guys needed to take up the responsibility," he said.

Dhoni himself was no less to be blamed for hitting in the deep on the onside when three fielders were waiting for such an opportunity.

The Indian skipper termed the wicket as slow and low which added to his batsmen's trouble.

"It was a low and slow track and before batsmen could come to terms with it, it was too late."

Dhoni promised that his side would discuss today's failure and try to come to terms with it quickly as the first one-dayer in Brisbane is just 48 hours away.

"The guys can bounce back. It's a test of character and I think they have it."

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