After crushing loss to England in Mumbai Test, M S Dhoni orders more of the same

Nov 26 2012, 16:57 IST
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Stung by the humiliating loss, Dhoni says wants same track in Kolkata - lashes out at umpires. (AP) Stung by the humiliating loss, Dhoni says wants same track in Kolkata - lashes out at umpires. (AP)
SummaryStung by the humiliating loss? Dhoni says wants same track in Kolkata - lashes out at umpires.

second innings with all the top order batsmen, barring opener Gautam Gambhir (65) failing to reach double figures.

"You need big performances and in this game the big performances came from the English side. You have to start fresh in every game. We have experienced cricketers in the team who will do well in the coming games.

"We thought we will bat better than what we did. We did not bat the way we would have liked to bat. Yes, we did not perform to the extent we could have or what reflects on paper when it comes to our batting line up. We will innovate in the coming games and also the wicket will be slightly different.

We will see how it goes."

Asked whether the team will go in with the same bowling combination of three spinners and a pacer in Kolkata also, Dhoni said he preferred to wait till he saw the wicket.

"Let's see the wicket in Kolkata. If you remember at the pre-match conference (in Mumbai) when I said we will go in with 2-2 combination but we had a closer look at the wicket and felt may be the third spinner would be a better option.

"Thankfully we were right. It was a one-dimensional attack when you look at it on paper but I think that's what was needed because in the last innings you hardly saw the fast bowlers doing a lot of bowling," said Dhoni.

Dhoni ruled out any major changes in the team.

"We have replacements but you don't chop and change or rotate the players just on the basis of one or two Test matches. You have to give them a fair run. That's what it's all about. Otherwise we will keep changing players in every game. It's good to give the players a fair amount of games so that they are also comfortable and are not thinking about the selections," he insisted.

The Indian team selection for the remaining two Tests will be held in Mumbai tomorrow.

On why he did not recall Jonny Bairstow after he was wrongly given out in the second innings, Dhoni said, "Is it only my job to call back everyone or something that the umpires will also do?

"There are replays that show the batsman is lbw why can't opposition say...no, no my batsman is out, you come back and somebody will go (out to bat). Umpires are getting handsome payments and are

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