Wednesday, June 17, 2009

India simply not up to scratch, says Dhoni


Defending champions India were "not up to international standards" at the Twenty20 World Cup, according to captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

India lost by 12 runs to South Africa in their final match on Tuesday after chasing just 131 to win, their third defeat in three Super Eight games.

"This was not really expected of us and everyone thought we would do well," Dhoni told reporters.

"It's not about what you can achieve, it's about what you do achieve. We were not really up to the mark or at 100 per cent. Our performance was not up to the international standard."

Dhoni said his players never played consistently.

"There never was a time when the majority of the guys performed in one match, it was usually two bowlers in one game or three in another, with an off-day for a couple of them, or one man scored and the rest didn't so we never performed as a unit," he said.

The honest assessment may take some heat off Dhoni after he received fierce criticism back home but how the team responds to their below-par showing is what matters most.

India, whose players were involved in a tiring six-week Indian Premier League schedule before the World Cup, get a three-day break in England before flying out to the Caribbean for a four-match one-day series against West Indies.


India then have a long rest before the ICC Champions Trophy in September.

"We will be fitter guys because we have a long time in between," Dhoni said. "Even the two or three days off this week at the hotel will be good just to kick away the kit bag.

Source: The

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