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Dhoni blasts batsmen, bowlers for loss

Posted on Dec 17, 09:44PM | IBNS

India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Monday criticised his bowlers and batsmen for the Test series defeat against England, the first at home in 28 years.

"I think we struggled in the batting and fast bowling but our spinners were on the mark. The difference between the two bowling sides was James Anderson, he bowled really well on all the four occassions," said Dhoni at the post match presentation ceremony.

"Most of the other fast bowlers looked quite average but he was the one who tested the batsmen quite often. I think the credit goes to him, there was not much support for fast bowlers on a track like this. But apart from that, I think the batsmen have to take the responsibilty of not putting enough runs on the board," he said.

Dhoni, however, said England deserved to win the series.

"I think so, we struggled in the batting department but their spinners were right on the mark, James Anderson was very good, testing the batsmen."

Dhoni was also upset about the pitch conditions that didn't favour the home team.

"As the game progressed there wasn't much for the spinners or fast bowlers. If you got your head down it was hard to take wickets. I think it got better, coming on to the bat and easier to play strokes," he said.

"We tried a few combinations that didn't really work (in the series), we had some part-timers but we needed someone like (Ravindra) Jadeja to keep the lid on the batsmen," he said.