‘Fantastic performance by team but could have done better’
Durban: Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni today blamed losing too many wickets in the morning session and some poor umpiring decisions for their 10-wicket defeat in the second Test against South Africa but applauded the way his team played in the series.
The opening session was indeed vital and India got off to the worst start possible when Dale Steyn got key batsman Virat Kohli in the very first ball of the day. But the delivery had come off his shoulders and he was given out wrongly, bringing the question of DRS back into focus.
“In the morning session today, we lost too many wickets. There were a few decisions that didn’t go our way and then there were a couple deliveries that were good. At the same time, we also had soft dismissals which we couldn’t afford given where the game was positioned at that time,” Dhoni said at the post-match press conference.
“There were a couple of sessions in both Tests where we played badly and that had an impact on both matches. Even in the last Test we were in position of bother in the last session on day five.
“In this Test we started off well, but in just one session we were off-target. So as these young players play more Tests and gain experience they will learn to capitalize on moments. For example, when opposition bowlers are tired, that’s when you get free Test runs. Overall, fantastic performance but we could have done better,” he added, rating his team through the series.
Asked if DRS should come into play, considering the decisions that went against India, Dhoni did still not seem convinced on the reliability of the technology.
“There were few teams that were big time supporters of DRS previously, now they are against DRS. When it goes your way, it is good, but when it doesn’t it’s not good. There will be a few human errors in the game. If there are no human errors then batsmen won’t get out and bowlers will keep bowling in one area. It is part and parcel of this game, as long as they are not blunders.”
“I don’t want a security guard that will protect me during the day and leave me from 9pm to 9am to guard myself. I want 24 hours security,” he added, joking about the complex DRS situation.