Dhoni apologetic over Team India's early exit from T20 World Cup

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London, June 15 (ANI): Defending Champion Indian cricket' Captain M.S. Dhoni apologised to the countrymen over the team's defeat at the hands of England and having failed to defend the T20 World Cup at Lords.

He also admitted sending Ravindra Jadeja ahead of Yuvraj Singh in Sunday's match was not a right decision.

"We are more disappointed (than you). We respect the emotions of our fans and the country. We gave our best and we say that with an open heart, we have nothing to hide," said Dhoni before media.

However, Dhoni said that the next Twenty20 world cup was coming again in nine months and we would have an opportunity of proving ourselves."

"We failed in batting. If the opposition scores 153 and you cannot achieve that on a track like this, I don't think there can be any excuse. You just cannot explain that," Dhoni admitted.

On Sunday, Dhoni had sent Jadeja ahead of Yuvraj and himself but the young all-rounder consumed 35 balls for his 25 in the middle overs to put pressure on his batting partners, which ultimately led to India losing the match by three runs to crash out of the tournament.

"Sometimes you don't know what would happen. We thought Jadeja could stabilise the innings as well as go after the bowling. He did try but somehow he always found the fielders. It was unfortunate it didn't work for us. We needed somebody to play percentage cricket at that stage."

Conceding that the team's batting was poor, Dhoni, however, defended his decision to include Jadeja in the playing eleven in place of Pragyan Ojha as well as his opting to field after winning the toss.

"We lost simply because we did not bat well. I'm rather happy with the performance of the bowlers," he added.

"It's not the end of road for us. We will prove a few points to West Indies. We also want to gain a consolation win over South Africa in the final game," Dhoni stated. (ANI)

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