Adelaide, Feb 17 (UNI) Blaming the Indian batsmen for the humiliating 50-run loss to Australia in their CB series match here today, captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni asked them to show more responsibility and consistency through the rest of the tournament.
''The batsmen should have taken the initiative and been more careful about their shot selection,'' Dhoni said.''The batsmen should have taken more responsibility when chasing totals of 200.'' Dhoni, who battled hard for his 37 and required a runner after suffering strains in both his calves, said lack of patience could have been one of the factors for the failure.
''It's important to stick to your role and responsibility. They have done in bits and pieces but they have to get better,'' he said.
''The first 12 overs with the Kookaburra ball is important and without Brett Lee it was important to keep wickets because it gets easier with the ball getting old and if you have the batsmen then it's an advantage,'' he added.
Accusing the batsmen of failing to perform when under pressure Dhoni said,''Whichever team you're playing you're under pressure.
You have to go out and do your best.'' He also defended the team's decision to go in with five bowlers after Virender Sehwag had failed to recover from a hip strain.
''Viru (Sehwag) was not 100 per cent fit. And I was very keen to go with five bowlers in our next game against Sri Lanka. So we decided we'd use the opportunity to try that out today and it paid off.'' The skipper was however, satisfied with the display put up by the bowlers, who restricted the world champions to a modest total for the second game in a row.
''You don't expect anything more from the bowlers. They have bowled brilliantly in the event so far,'' Dhoni said. ''The bowlers are up to the mark, the fielders are doing well, now it's up to the batsmen to step up and take responsibility.'' This was India's second successive loss in the CB Series. They had earlier lost to Sri Lanka on February 12.
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