Lauderhill (USA), Aug 29: As rain and wet outfield denied India a chance to level the Twenty20 International series against West Indies, captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni hinted that he wanted to carry on with the game considering he had played under "worst" of the conditions and there was 'no Shoaib Akhtar' in the opposition team.
In the 2nd and final T20I of the series on Sunday (August 28) at Central Broward Regional Park Stadium Turf Ground, India were chasing 144 but their innings was halted due to rain after just 2 overs with the score on 15/0. (Dhoni sets world record)
With no further play possible due to wet outfield, West Indies claimed the trophy with 1-0 verdict after having won the 1st T20I by 1 run in a last-ball thriller.
Speaking to reporters after the match, Dhoni said he had played in "worst" conditions, in England in 2011, and it was umpires' decision to call off the match.
"What the umpires told was, there was not adequate equipment over here and the condition of it was quite bad, so because the conditions wouldn't improve we won't be able to play a game again. That is the call that match officials have to make," Dhoni said.
He continued, "As far as I have played, you know, close to 10 years of international cricket, frankly I have played under worst of conditions. If I remember, in 2011 in England, the whole ODI series we played, we were playing under the rain. Ultimately the umpires decide.
"If they say 'you play', we play. If they say 'it is unfit to play', it is unfit for play. It was on this (west) side where me and (Dwayne) Bravo were standing but it was far away from all the run-ups of the bowlers. There is no Shoaib Akhtar in their team so I don't think it was a big concern."
West Indies' skipper Carlos Brathwaite had a different view stating some areas of the ground were "unsafe".