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Dhoni blames batsman for Eden defeat

Posted on Dec 09, 02:00PM | IBNS

Skipper M S Dhoni Sunday blamed the defeat of India at the hands of England to batting failure while resolving to engage all resources for a win against the visitors in the last and final Test in Nagpur from Dec 13.

England beat India by seven wickets at the Eden Gardens and took a 2-1 lead in the four-match Test series here on Sunday.

"We got quickly out in the second innings, due to failure of the batsmen and resulting in defeat of the 3rd Test," Dhoni, who made 52 and 0 in two innings, said at the post-match press conference.

"At least top seven batsmen will have to do well to get a good score at the board so that their bowlers can defend," he said.

He said since some legends (batsmen) have gone, the senior players in the side should guide the juniors so that all collective efforts were made to get going.

He, however, praised the spinners saying they did well in the current series, but the pacers needed to do well.

"We are expecting some good bowling from the pacers," Dhoni said while defending the fitness of Zaheer Khan.

Dhoni said he would not comment on the team members for Nagpur Test since it was for the selection committee to decide.

He also defended his leadership capability saying at this time senior players like him were needed most for Indian side.

Dhoni also defended coach Duncan Fletcher saying whenever a team loses everyone cries for a scapegoat.

He said barring this series and tour of Australia, India did well, including at the ODIs.

Dhoni said they now know the situation well and everyone should pull together and give their best for Nagpur Test.