Conditions made it difficult to defend 288, says Dhoni
Dhoni said heavy dew created ‘unfair’ conditions for them as it became difficult to bowl and field on a literally wet ground
Visakhapatnam: India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said heavy dew created ‘unfair’ conditions for them as it became difficult to bowl and field on a literally wet ground, which resulted in their two-wicket defeat at the hands of West Indies, here.
“It was a very bad toss to lose. At this time of the year, we never expected the dew to fall so early. Right from the first over itself there was plenty of dew. The outfield was completely wet. There was no real swing for the fast bowlers. I don’t think much for the spinners. There was a glimpse of turn when the ball was changed,” Dhoni said at the post match press conference last night.
“I think it was a bit unfair. It becomes a bit unfair when this time of the year you play with so much of dew with two or three spinners. But that’s part and parcel of the game. It was tough to field with the amount of dew. We saw a few of the fielders throwing the ball to the wicketkeeper and it went to the short third man areas. That’s something tough,” he explained.
Dhoni also backed a struggling Yuvraj Singh, who also dropped Lendl Simmons when the batsman was on 43. He went on to score 62.
“Leave aside batting and bowling, anyone can drop catches. Let’s not be critical about it.”