`Disappointed` Dhoni blames self for dramatic Canberra collapse

Canberra, Jan.20 (ANI): Following India’s 25-run defeat against Australia in the fourth ODI at the Manuka Oval here, skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni said on Wednesday that his wicket was a turning point of the game that led to the dramatic collapse .

“I think it was my wicket. If you see, specifically that was my role in the team from that kind of position to make sure you finish of the game well. So, I would say my wicket was a turning point at that point of time,” the 34-year-old said after the defeat.

Dhoni, however, believes that his young players, who had not played much in the international cricket, would learn from this defeat.

“Few of them, if you see, they have not played a lot of the international cricket. So, as I said, at times, it seems while batting at the middle order that playing that big shot is a right thing to do. But slowly, with more games under your belt, you realize that is the time when you have to carry on some kind of a partnership. And once you get used to the pace and bounce of the wicket, then you can play the big shots. Hopefully, they will learn out of these,” he added.

Backing his side, Dhoni insisted that his team still managed to compete pretty well against the world champions, adding that his batting department was really positive during the game and displayed outstanding performance.

“After the first three losses also, people were saying that it is really difficult to come back. But I felt in this game we backed really well. You will also see some glimpse of what you may see in T20, lot of flamboyant cricket. Definitely we are disappointed, you want to take out the positives that we batted better than what we could. You don’t want to sink into something negative; you always want to get a lot of positives and I feel there is lot of positives in today’s game, especially when it comes to the batting department. Rohit’s opening push that he gave and next partnership between Virat and Shikhar was outstanding,” Dhoni said.

The skipper, who got dismissed for a duck, also expressed his views on Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who was brought in at the expense of left-armer Barinder Sran.

Dhoni said that although the 25-year-old had not been consistent, he has improved tremendously in terms of pace.

“Well, if you see his pace. He has definitely increased his pace. Yes , on and off, he has not been as consistent as what he used to be. I only feel may be he is slightly on the shorter side. It’s not like his bowling is extremely short. But a bit of length that he has pulled towards himself is something because of which you will see his bowling is getting pulled a lot or he is getting cut a lot. Apart from this, he has increased his pace which is definitely a very good thing and he is still moving the ball.”

Earlier, opener Shikhar Dhawan (126) and star batsman Virat Kohli (106) brilliant innings went in vain as India were bundled out for 323 runs in reply to the Australia’s score of 348-8.

At one stage, the visitors were cruising at 276-1, but lost their last nine wickets for 46 runs.

Although opener Rohit Sharma (41) and all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja (unbeaten at 24) provided some resistance, none of the other batsmen managed double figures.

Kane Richardson was the pick of the Australian bowlers, bagging five wickets. He was also adjourned as `Man of the match`.

Richardson was well supported by John Hastings and Mitchell Marsh who bagged two wickets each, while Nathan Lyon also chipped in with a wicket.

Australia had already clinched the ODI series following their three-wicket win against India in the third match in Melbourne. They have now taken an unassailable four-nil lead in the five-match series.

The two sides will now play their fifth and final ODI in Sydney on Saturday before heading into a three-match T20 series, starting from January 26. (ANI)

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