Canberra, Jan 21: After taking blame for India's 25-run defeat to Australia in the 4th One Day International, captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni also stressed on the fact that "experienced" Ravindra Jadeja should have communicated better with the lower order batsmen.
Set a target of 349, India were cruising at 277/1 in 37.2 overs with Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan (both past their century marks) in the middle. But the match took a dramatic turn with the exit of both set batsmen. The visitors' batting collapsed, losing 9 wickets for 46 runs. India were bowled out for 323 in 49.2 overs.
A disappointed Dhoni took the responsibility for the loss stating the he was the finisher and had to do the job. He fell for a three-ball duck. But Jadeja, who remained not out on 24 watched his partners heading back to the pavilion with some mindless shots, due to the inexperience.
However, the left-handed Jadeja, who had played 124 ODIs before this game, could have handled the situation better by constantly guiding the new players - Gurkeerat Singh Mann and Rishi Dhawan, who both gave their wickets away trying for big shots.
When Dhoni faced the media in the post-match press conference, he was asked whether Jadeja should have communicated better and he said yes. However, he added that the 27-year-old was not known to speak much.
"Again the main batsman has to communicate with the lower order batsmen. Because it's not easy out here, he (Ravindra Jadeja) is among the most experienced among the lower order batsmen so it is not only about your batting, you also have to tell the people who are batting with you as to what the bowler may be doing at that time and wat the batsmen should be looking at.
"So a bit more communication will definitely help. I don't think he is someone who really speaks a lot. so that's also to be taken into account," Dhoni opined.
With the latest loss at the Manuka Oval, India are trailing 0-4 in the five-match series. The 5th and final ODI is in Sydney on Saturday (January 23).