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Dhoni blames batsmen for defeat
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February 01, 2008 19:31 IST

India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni [Images] blamed his batsmen for the team's nine-wicket loss to Australia in the Twenty20 match, saying they just did not take up the responsibility.

"The batsmen did not know their roles; they tried to play too many strokes and before we realised it was too late," he said after India lost to Australia by nine wickets.

Australia overhauled India's paltry 74 with 8.4 overs to spare and registered their first victory against the World champions of the newest format of the game.

"We played a batsman short and the guys needed to take up the responsibility," he said.

Dhoni himself was no less to be blamed for hitting in the deep on the on-side when three fielders were waiting for such an opportunity.

The Indian skipper said the wicket was slow and low, which added to his batsmen's trouble.

"It was a low and slow track and before batsmen could come to terms with it, it was too late."

Dhoni promised that his side would discuss today's failure and try to come to terms with it quickly as the first one-dayer in Brisbane is just 48 hours away.

"The guys can bounce back. It's a test of character and I think they have it."

Dhoni made light of the hostile reception at the MCG.

"The crowd was noisy but I don't think the boys were distracted by it. In smaller towns, you get nastier crowds than you get in international matches."

Australia skipper Michael Clarke [Images] put down his team's victory to the preparation done on the Indian team.

"We were very well-prepared. We had done extensive preparation on the Indian team and our execution was spot on. We executed it the way we wanted it.

 "You would see such performance more and more from the Australian team. We want to be the best Twenty20 team in the world and we have just beaten the World champions," he said.

Clarke refuted that his team wanted to beat India badly given how the last few days had gone for his team off the field.

"Truth to tell, it is well and truly over for me and the rest of the team."

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