Tuesday, February 9, 2010

India losses 1st test under Dhoni's captaincy

In what seemed like a tsumani that struck India, Dale Steyn, Hashim Amla thrashed the Indian team out of the first test match.  This innings and six runs loss the first test loss for Dhoni as captain and one of the biggest loss for India in India.

Below is post match talks by Dhoni on several aspects of the match.

On injured batsmen: "We were blown away by Dale Steyn by his swing, both conventional and reverse. We missed Rahul and Laxman to some extent but cannot do anything about injuries. Rohit Sharma (named as cover for Laxman) got injured 15 minutes before the toss,"
On young new batsmen: "(Murali) Vijay did a decent job at no 3 and S Badrinath and (Wriddhiman) Saha got a chance to get exposed to international cricket,"

On South Africa and Steyn: "We were outplayed by South Africa in all departments. The way Steyn bowled made the difference in the match. We were doing decently till tea when they got the ball changed (after tea yesterday) and he got the ball to reverse. I do not take away any credit from Steyn. He had bowled 12-15 overs before that (change) and still bowled his heart out,"
"Steyn showed one of the best displays of conventional swing bowling seen in India in recent years. We have seen reverse swing happening of late but here was a bowler using conventional swing to his advantage,"

On Paul Harris: "He's a bowler who can bowl 30 overs and give away only 50 runs. It's difficult to score against his line of attack.  He's not a big turner of the ball but uses the bowler's roughs. We will look to play more shots off him."

On Virender Sehwag: "Sehwag is a match winner and has won more matches for us than lost. That's the way he plays. If you remember just one to one and half years ago he won us a Test against England by his batting in Chennai. He's at his best when he plays aggressively and puts the opposition bowlers under pressure. He's been very successful in the way he plays,"

On the need of a 5th bowler: "If four bowlers cannot do the job what can the fifth bowler do. We always play four specialist bowlers in India. We don't have the luxury of the South Africans who have Jacques Kallis as the all rounder to do the fifth bowler's job,"

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