Dhoni believes his squad should be proud of their performance in the World Twenty20
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has defended his team over growing criticism of their failure to make it past the super 8s stages in the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Twenty20.
Dhoni, who led India to victory in the inaugural World Twenty20, declared that his team should hold their heads up high despite not being able to make it to the semi-finals in the past three editions of the tournament.
India were knocked out of the tournament due to an inferior net run-rate.
In their make or break match against South Africa, India scored 152-6, but they could not restrict the Proteas to 122, which would have guaranteed them a place in the semi-final.
India ended up winning their match against South Africa by one run.
“I think it was quite a satisfactory performance, in this tournament, we lost just one game, though we lost it badly,” Dhoni said referring to India’s match against Australia where David Warner and Shane Watson pummelled the Indian bowlers all over the park.
“We all know what impact rain has on bowlers, especially the spinners. So let us get practical about what the reason was and ask whether it was the real fault of the players. It is not, it can happen in this format. And when you are at a stage where other games involving other teams can affect you, you don’t want that kind of situation,” Dhoni added.
Talking about the match against South Africa, Dhoni noted that restricting the Proteas to 122 was never going to be easy, and that if he had won the toss maybe the outcome would have been different.
“It was a low score to defend, we won this game by one run, so it is difficult to say that if a few strategies had been changed, we could have defeated them big,” Dhoni said.
However, cricket pundits believe that India should be doing better in these Twenty20 tournaments, especially since the whole team play in the Indian Premier League (IPL) every year.
But, Dhoni stated that just because he and his team-mates play in the IPL every year, it didn’t mean that India could come out and thrash every single international team.
“The IPL is very different, I have always said it is a domestic tournament. There are a lot of international players in all sides, but the role of the domestic players is very important. When you are playing against international sides, the bowling attack of the opposition is much better,” Dhoni added.
Many of the Indian squad members have already flown to South Africa to represent their respective sides in the Champions League Twenty20, but the Indian players that are not in the tournament will return home and start preparing for the upcoming four-Test series against England later this month.