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'Can't pinpoint one reason for failure'

Press Trust Of India
Feb 26, 2012 at 08:39pm IST

Sydney: India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Sunday said that he "can't pinpoint one particular reason" for his team's failure in the ongoing ODI tri-series where they have lost their fourth match.

"I can't pinpoint one particular reason. We need to bat well. Also I have lost most of the tosses and we have had to bat second under lights which is a difficult thing. We haven't been able to perform to our potential," Dhoni stated at the post-match presentation ceremony.

About the overall series, Dhoni feels that the youngsters in the team have learnt a lot playing on the big grounds.

Can't pinpoint one reason for failure: Dhoni

Dhoni feels that the youngsters in the team have learnt a lot playing on the big grounds.

Talking about today's defeat, Dhoni said, "When we chased, we left too many overs for Nos 7, 8 and 9. Overall I was quite happy to restrict Australia for 252 when I thought they could have scored 270 plus. Sehwag realy bowled well for us."

Dhoni admitted that things got a bit difficult once Irfan got injured.

"Things became difficult as Irfan got injured and Umesh also went for runs although he came back well."

Mathematically, India still have a chance of making it to the final provided they beat Sri Lanka with bounus point and the islanders even lose to Australia but Dhoni didn't want to get into the details.

"I am not good in mathematics and I would rather concentrate on my on-field job."

Australia's stand-in captain Shane Watson admitted to being "nervous" as he was leading the national team for the first time.

"It's a nice start. But I was certainly nervous not knowing what to expect but all worked well. When you are not leading you can just stand at the first slip and concentrate on your bowling. But here you have to think and try to make an impact," Watson.

Although Indians seemed unhappy in the manner David Hussey obstructed Dhoni's view during what could have been a clear run-out, Watson answered, "I have absolute faith in Billy Bowden and Simon Taufel. They are the best in the world."

"They would have given a lot of thought into what goes into that decision. To be involved in running Sachin out, it would never be ideal to the great man," said Watson.

"I thought he was disappointed with Gambhir for taking that one as probably there was no run in it. He was not happy and kept looking back at Gambhir all the way back," he said.

"I didn't have time to speak to Hussey. I would do it tonight to know what he thinks about the decision. Hussey wouldn't do anything wrong, he plays hard but fair," he added.

Watson said that he was surprised by the consistent failure of the much-touted Indian batting line-up throughout the tour of Australia.

"Just to see a few of their guys got out tonight ... the likes of Kohli and Dhonis, it's just not about scoring but how consistently they do it. Sachin and Sehwag are big guns to miss out consistently. You never really see with this Indian team," Watson said.

"Usually there are one or two of those guys scoring big in majority of games. This is where they are lacking compared to when they are at their best. They are too many amazing and world class legends not to turn it around," he said.

Watson felt the Indians were undone by the change of character of the pitch at the SCG.

"With slight drizzle and wicket got dew, there was a bit more (in the pitch) than when we were batting, more seam movement and it also bounced a bit more. That played into our hands and 250 was a good score," said Watson who stood in for Michael Clarke, out of the match due to a stiff back.

Asked whether he would be happy to continue, he smiled and said, "I won't say no but I would like Michael to come back."

Man-of-the-watch David Warner said, "I obviously needed runs and it was a crucial game. I backed myself and tried to work the ball around. I tried to hit the deliveries on merit.

Also running Tendulkar out with a direct hit was special."

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