After Canberra Defeat, ‘Disappointed’ Dhoni Defends Youngsters

It is like ‘we don’t want to groom youngsters anymore,’ says MS Dhoni talking about the lack of support for newbies.

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A dejected Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni took the blame for India’s 25-run defeat against Australia. However, the speaking to the media after the match, Dhoni also defended the youngsters in his squad.

“It was my wicket (the turning point of the match) because that is my role in the team to make sure that we finish off the game from that position. We lost quite a few wickets there but mainly it was my wicket, according to role and responsibility in the side,” Dhoni owned up the responsibility after India snatched defeat from jaws of victory.

Some of the youngsters like Rishi Dhawan, Gurkeerat Singh Mann were out playing poor shots but Dhoni defended the duo.

“That’s what pressure does to you. A few of them haven’t played a lot of international cricket. With time, they will realise that they have to build a partnership and once you get used to the pace and bounce of the wicket, you play the big shots.

“It’s only a first few games they have played and for the first time in their career, they were under some kind of pressure so hopefully they are learning,” he had some comforting words for the juniors.

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